Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow must cease any dependency on the West and that it is instead strengthening ties with China.
"Now that the West has taken a 'dictator’s position,' our economic ties with China will grow even faster," Lavrov told an audience at a question and answer session in Moscow on Monday, according to a transcript from the Russian Foreign Ministry.
He said China has "highly developed" information and communications technologies that are in "no way inferior to the West," which "ensure mutual benefits."
The foreign minister said if the West wants to resume relations, then Moscow would consider if the country needed it or not.
He added that Russia needed to stop being dependent "in any way" on supplies from the West for the development of "security, the economy or our homeland’s social sphere."
"When we can finally count only on ourselves and on countries which have proven themselves reliable and do not dance to someone else’s tune, then if Western countries come to their senses and begin to propose some form of cooperation, it will be up to us to decide," he added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have cultivated close ties, with China currently buying record amounts of Russian coal, but the two countries have shared historical rivalries.
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