Moscow will deal with growing relations with China and would contemplate presents from the West to re-establish ties relying if they’re wanted, Russia’s international minister has mentioned.
Sergei Lavrov, in a query and reply session at an occasion in Moscow on Monday, mentioned Western international locations had espoused “russophobia” since Russia started its invasion on Ukraine.
Mr Lavrov mentioned the nation was working to interchange items imported from Western international locations and in future would rely solely on “reliable” international locations not beholden to the West.
“If they (the West) want to offer something in terms of resuming relations, then we will seriously consider whether we will need it or not,” Mr Lavrov mentioned, based on a transcript on the international ministry’s web site.
“We must cease being dependent in any way on supplies of absolutely everything from the West for ensuring the development of critically important sectors for security, the economy or our homeland’s social sphere.”
Mr Lavrov mentioned Moscow’s purpose was to work on additional constructing its ties with China.
“Now that the West has taken a ‘dictator’s position’, our economic ties with China will grow even faster,” he mentioned.
“In addition to direct revenue for the state budget, this is a chance to develop (Russia’s) far east and eastern Siberia.”
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