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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao
15 July 2005 -- An envoy for President Vladimir Putin says Europe's bad attitude toward Moscow is pushing Russia closer to China.
Putin's envoy in the Russian Far East, Konstantin Pulikovskii, said today in Vladivostok that closer ties with China are a "geopolitical goal" that will strengthen Moscow's position in world affairs.
Pulikovskii told reporters that Russia is unpopular in the European Union, which he accused of "doing everything to decrease our participation in or influence on European issues."
By contrast, he said China is friendly toward Moscow and increasingly important to Russia's economy.
Russian officials have bristled at Western criticism, particularly at growing concern over Putin's commitment to democracy.
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