Statements from abroad about Russia’s allegedly growing dependence on China are made by people who are envious of these relations. So says President Vladimir Putin.
“They are not skeptics, but envious. Because the dependence of, say, the same European economy on China, it is growing at a much faster rate than that of Russia <...> So it's the other way around, let them think about each other better,” the Russian leader said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 TV channel. The head of state noted that he highly appreciates and cherishes Russian-Chinese relations, which many countries have been trying to destroy for many years. Furthermore, Vladimir Putin rejected suggestions that Moscow and Beijing are creating a military alliance that threatens everyone. According to the President, this is absolutely transparent military-technical cooperation. During Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Moscow this week, the sides discussed bilateral cooperation issues and the global agenda in detail. Separately, the Heads of State discussed the Ukrainian crisis, agreeing on the need for its rapid settlement. Several documents and protocols were signed. The Kremlin called the negotiations successful. The article Putin: Envious of Russian-Chinese relations talk about Moscow's dependence on Beijing first appeared in news articles.