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Strobe Talbott warns Russia against possible aggravation in relations with China
The rapprochement between Moscow and Beijing is dictated by objective reasons, and anti-Russian sanctions in this case are not of decisive importance, while it is obvious that in the future, problems may arise in relations between the countries, said the former US Undersecretary of State, President of the Brookings Institution, Strobe Talbott, RIA Novosti reported.
"Undoubtedly, the current Russian leadership has every reason to do this (to get closer to China), given the fact that many Western countries have jointly imposed sanctions against Russia."
However, according to him, today "there is no convincing evidence" that it is precisely because of the sanctions that Moscow and Beijing have stepped up cooperation.
Talbott noted that "Russia has recently been working to improve relations with China and has managed to develop them." "But look at the map, Russia is (and so) China's neighbor," he said.
But, at the same time, it is necessary to take into account the possible geopolitical consequences, Talbot said. “Because subsequently there is the possibility of a potential aggravation between Russia and China. For a very simple reason, and this has nothing to do with the current leadership. The fact is that the Russian Far East is rich in resources and sparsely populated. While neighboring China is overpopulated and poor in resources. And I believe that the leaders of both countries are considering this factor, ”Talbott said.