Patriarch Kirill urges compatriots to cherish spiritual ties with homelandSociety & Culture December 04, 2:40
Fidel Castro’s funeral to be held in Santiago de CubaWorld December 04, 1:50
38 ceasefire violations by militants reported in Syria in 24 hoursRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 04, 1:23
Boxer Gassiev beats Lebedev to become IBF cruiserweight world champSport December 04, 0:47
Uzbekistan to hold presidential electionWorld December 04, 0:45
Ukraine does not need position of president - TimoshenkoWorld December 03, 23:52
Russian Orthodox Church head arrives in France on pastoral visitSociety & Culture December 03, 23:45
Russia, Turkey should trade in national currencies, Erdogan told PutinWorld December 03, 23:43
Putin wishes success to Thailand's new kingRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 03, 21:08
DAVOS. January 23./TASS/ Russia began to develop relations with China and Eastern countries long before the complications with the Western partners, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on Friday at the Davos Economic Forum.
"It's another myth that after sanctions were imposed and because the West is halting its cooperation with Russia, that now we are forced to cooperate with China. And that everything that we previously got from the West, we would try to get from the East, primarily from China," Shuvalov said.
"That's not true. Long before all these events, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed me along with the Economic Development Ministry to develop relations in the eastern direction — that was in 2010" said Shuvalov.
At the same time, the Russian president has no illusions when it comes to China. "It's not that we think that we'll immediately get in the East everything that we lose in the West. But, the West shouldn't think that it won't work for us in the East," Shuvalov warned.
"We understand that China is a complicated partner, but with that partnership come great opportunities," Shuvalov added.