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Russia blasts Macron for his remarks towards China

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Russian authorities on Monday criticised remarks made by French President Emmanuel Macron that Moscow was becoming subordinate to China and said Western nations should get used to a reality in which Moscow and Beijing had strong ties.

The Kremlin’s isolation as a result of its invasion of Ukraine more than 14 months ago was the focus of the Russian critique of Macron’s interview with the Paris newspaper l’Opinion.

Macron was reported in the daily as stating that “(Russia) has de facto started a form of vasallization with China and has lost access to the Baltic that was critical to it as it has precipitated the decision by Sweden and Finland to join Nato.”

“Two years ago, this was unimaginable.”

The controversy seems to centre on conversations between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin in March in Moscow, when they declared they were forging “a new era” of relations and extending their strategic alliance.

The relationship between Russia and China, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, is that of a strategic partner and has nothing to do with dependence.

Alexander Grushko, the deputy foreign minister of Russia, claimed that Moscow’s improved ties with China and the resulting changes to the global order had caused Paris to become concerned.

In a statement posted on the ministry website, Grushko said that “the West generally appears afraid of the formation of a truly multilateral system of international relations before our eyes, one that includes several separate independent centres, particularly Russia and China.”

“In this changing global environment, it is inevitable that E. Macron and other Western leaders will have to accept the existence of close, equitable, and respectful ties between Moscow and Beijing.”

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