But Chinese analysts say, just as what Russian President Vladimir Putin said, the U.S. risks walking down the same path as that of the former Soviet Union, as Washington is overly confident - threatening both Beijing and Moscow while there is no tension in the China-Russia ties. But the Russian President said it does not depend on Moscow to assess how a country becomes part of the alliance.
Asked about the growing proximity between Russia and China and if that will impact the Indo-Russia security and defence cooperation, Mr. Putin said the relations between India and Russia were developing quite rapidly, quite successfully based on "trust".
Stressing the importance of economic cooperation, Putin said Russian Federation and China managed to keep bilateral trade at levels, above $100 billion for several years in a row, particularly in 2020 despite the impacts brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the four-nation grouping of India, the US, Japan and Australia, he said that no partnership should be aimed at making friends against anyone.
Notably, it has been more than a year since the military standoff between China and India which broke out at the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on May 5, 2020 during which both sides suffered fatalities for the first time in 45 years.
The Russian President also said that "There is no contradiction in relations between Moscow and Beijing as Russia has a partnership with India". Putin said, however, it is very important that no other additional regional power interferes with it.
Russian Federation and China are also closely cooperating in a variety of fields such as aircraft manufacturing, lunar research, energy, environmental protection, and people-to-people exchanges, Putin said, adding that Russian Federation stands ready to work with China to further synergize the Eurasian Economic Union with the Belt and Road Initiative. "In defence, and I am not just talking about purchase of Russian arms.We have very deep profound relations with India based on trust", he said.
At Friday's media event, Putin also answered questions from other heads of news agencies, on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympic Games, global and regional issues, and Russia's relations with other countries.