The Russian president stressed that “for decades there have always been many people who wanted to put China against the Soviet Union and Russia or vice versa.”
People who claim that Russia is falling into dependence on China are “envious,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday.
In an interview with journalist Pavel Zarubin, Putin was asked about the idea promoted by some “skeptics” in Russia and abroad that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Moscow was accompanied by the signing of numerous cooperation agreements. In various areas, it means that the Eurasian country can become highly dependent on Beijing in the future.
“It is not the skeptics who say this, but the envious. Why? Because the dependence of, for example, the European economy on China is growing at a much higher rate than the dependence of the Russian economy. Trade between China and Europe are growing at a very high rate. So it’s the other way around, that they think better of themselves,” he replied.
The Russian leader noted that “for decades there have always been many people who wanted to turn China against the Soviet Union and Russia or vice versa.” “We understand what world we live in. We value our relationships [con China] and the level reached in recent years”, he stressed.