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The Bush Doctrine remained almost unnoticed in Russia until the U.S. attack on Iraq. After the war was unleashed, the concept became the object of rather heated discussions, proving the emergence of a new kind of political correctness in Russia motivated mainly by the drastic turn in President Putin’s foreign policy toward the United States and the West after the 9-11 terrorist acts. The Russian expert community and public opinion are divided on questions concerning the United States’ true motives, as well as on how Russian should respond to a drastically changed international situation. There are also visible differences between the two countries’ approaches to handling the North Korean nuclear crisis. Russia consistently supports preservation of the nonproliferation regime and the denuclearized status of the Korean peninsula. At the same time Moscow is strongly in favor of political and diplomatic methods, and considers any attempt to use force in Korea as an unacceptable challenge to Russia’s national security.