2016 year was difficult and turbulent. It is obvious that the world stands on the threshold of major changes- many factors intertwine in the global security equation, conflict potential grows, the very nature of threats changes. But there are more signs of awareness that no one, not a single country can cope alone with challenges that are truly transnational and cross-border. First of all, this refers to the threat of terrorism, the tragic consequences of which many countries, including Russia, have experienced.
Unfortunately, negative factors are accumulating in the area of the European security. I refer, above all, to the continued strengthening of the NATO eastern flank, unjustified deployment of forces and equipment of the United States and its allies, build-up of military infrastructure near Russia's borders. It is obvious that this military activity weakens regional security, forces us to take compensating measures.