A rare unclassified Pentagon report indicates that Moscow believes that America is attempting to bring down the Russian government. Russia has a “deep and abiding distrust of U.S. efforts to promote democracy around the world,” the Pentagon added in the report.

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The AP news agency reported on Wednesday evening that the Kremlin is convinced that the U.S. is working to bring down the government in Russia, according to a special report compiled by the Pentagon’s intelligence division. The report explained that Russia’s fears derive from the tensions between the two countries during the decades of the Cold War.

According to the report, Russia has a “deep and abiding distrust of U.S. efforts to promote democracy around the world.” Moscow views America’s attempts to promote democratic values as a “U.S. campaign” designed to shape the world on a particular set of global values. Russia is afraid that Washington “is laying the groundwork for regime change in Russia.”

The document is the first official unclassified assessment report released by the agency since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. During the Cold War, the agency published a series of reports titled “Soviet Military Power,” which focused on the rivalry between the two superpowers.

The report mentioned Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House as a low period in the relations between the two countries. The report stated that during his two terms as president, the relationship between the countries deteriorated, sinking to its lowest point with the American allegations that Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election in order to ensure Hillary Clinton’s defeat. Along the way, the relationship became strained due to the disagreements between the countries over the crisis in Ukraine and the Syrian civil war.

The intelligence report is not related to Trump’s election victory. The agency was working on the report for an extended period of time before the election results were announced. The assessment reflects the Pentagon’s outlook on the global security situation in the two decades during which America mainly focused on fighting worldwide terrorism and responding to the September 11 terror attacks.