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Putin praises Russia-China ties in union address


12-02-2016 00:29 BJT

President Vladimir Putin says Moscow wants to get along with the incoming U.S. administration and is looking to make friends not enemies. He also spoke about Russia's relations with China.

"I will stress once again, Russia's active policy in the east is not dictated by some day to day topical interests or cooling of relations with the United States of America or the European Union, but by the long-term national interests and by global development tendencies. In the current difficult situation, the Russia-China strategic partnership has become one of the key factors in ensuring global and regional stability. It serves as a model of international relations based not on the idea of one country's domination, no matter how strong it is, but on an all-encompassing respect for the interests of all states," Putin said.

Putin made the remarks at his annual address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow on Thursday. He spent much of his time on domestic issues such as economic growth, tax, health care, education and environment protection. Last year he devoted much of his speech to denouncing Turkey for shooting down a Russian warplane.

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