Russian policy envisages a multipolar path for the evolution of international relations. This idea is reflected in a range of documents, such as the new version of the National Security Doctrine (approved by the President of the Russian Federation on 10 January 2000). The principle of multipolarity has, consequently, been adopted as the official doctrine of Russian foreign policy. This particular orientation took shape gradually. Although the idea of 'polycentrism in international policy' was expressed as early as 1993, in the foreign policy doctrine developed under Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev, practical conclusions were never drawn.