Analysis of Key Foreign Policy Documents of the Russian Federation
The aim of this chapter is to introduce the primary official documents of Russian foreign policy and present the institutional structure of Russia’s state authorities and offices that deal with the acceptance of foreign policy decisions. Some authors have cast doubts on the usefulness of these documents for analyzing foreign policy, arguing that they are exceedingly general. This, they say, provides too wide a space for interpretation while referring to the tone of compromise in the content of these documents-a result of domestic political discussions (Lo, 2002, p. 68). Although these objections should be taken into consideration, the now third generation of such documents existing in the Russian Federation at present can help us follow development trends and transformations in domestic policy discussions, and also help us to study the lessons that the leadership of the country has learned from the previous years of operation in the international system.