On the eve of National Unity Day in Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country was not going to drift into confrontation that is forced on it by the international community. Putin said:
"Arsenals of the leading countries are being developed and improved. At the September summit, the NATO leadership openly declared the alliance intended to continue military build-up. Instead of the collective, civilized settlement of international problems, it increasingly frequently uses force, economic, information pressure levers."
"Russia is not going to drift into confrontation that is being persistently forced on us. We are open for an equal and respectful dialogue on all global and regional agenda issues."
In the conditions of the uneasy international situation, Putin called for the consistent improvement of the country's Armed Forces.
"The world of the 21st century has not become more stable or more secure. The old threats have not disappeared, and in a number of regions the situation has aggravated. Thus, a serious hotbed of tension remains at our borders—in the south-east of Ukraine."
"Our military doctrine is defensive. Its main objective is ensuring the country's sovereignty, peace and calm for our citizens. It is necessary to consistently implement all the plans for the improvement of the Armed Forces and other agencies responsible for national security."
On Friday the Russian Security Council met under Putin's chairmanship to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine in view of local elections in the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk Peoples Republics due on November 2, the successful launch of a modernised Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket and the test-launch of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile from the Yuri Dolgoruky nuclear submarine.