According to Russia, the West “shoot itself” by imposing restrictions on the import of Russian oil and gas. After all, these actions came in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On the other hand, China has increased fuel supplies from Russia.
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As a result of the war in Ukraine and Western sanctions against Russia in an attempt to isolate the country, the prices of grain, vegetable oil, fertilizer and energy rose. Europe has also decided to reduce its dependence on Russian oil and gas.
But Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the strategic partnership between Russia and China survived Western attempts to sow divisions between the two superpowers, while the United States and its European allies destroyed their relationship with Moscow. “The energy supply is steadily increasing. China knows this and will not shoot themselves in the foot as they shoot themselves in the head west of Moscow,” the spokeswoman told reporters today. “The West has isolated itself from us.”
“Ignore Europe and the United States”
Russia is the second largest oil exporter in the world after Saudi Arabia and also the largest exporter of natural gas. Zakharova said the EU’s plan to reduce its dependence on Russian energy, which has been supplying Germany since the Cold War, is “suicidal”. She added that Russia’s diplomatic efforts will henceforth focus on Asia, Africa and the former Soviet Union, while ignoring Europe and the United States.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said relations with China are better than ever and he is satisfied with the strategic partnership he believes should balance US influence.
During a phone conversation with Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping today affirmed that the two countries are ready to continue supporting each other on issues such as sovereignty and security, China’s state broadcaster CCTV reported.
The Kremlin claims that during the phone call, China also referred to the legitimacy of Russia’s actions in Ukraine to protect its core national interests.
According to US President Joe Biden, the West is at war with authoritarian governments such as China and Russia. However, Russian and Chinese officials alike say the United States must adapt to a world in which it will soon cease to be the superpower of choice.
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