Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said on Saturday that fears were growing in Washington about a rapprochement between Moscow and Beijing, Sputnik reported.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping met in China on Friday on the sidelines of the Beijing Winter Olympics and reaffirmed their close ties in the face of US pressure, sparking an outpouring of media attention in the West.
Antonov on the Solovyov Live program said: “Of course, the message [media coverage] was very negative. There were clear concerns about the rapprochement between Russia and China.”
Russia is bracing for more US sanctions after seeing consensus on the move cross party lines in Congress, Anatoly Antonov said.
“Unfortunately, we expect sanctions. It’s unclear what they will be. A lot of the bickering has been over who will hit Russia harder and more painfully,” Antonov added. On Friday, Xi and Putin, during their talks, had an in-depth and in-depth exchange of views on China-Russia relations and a series of major issues regarding international strategic security and stability, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
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