May 11, 2015 | By Konstantin Avramov
While Putin has touted Russia’s pivot to the East, it is China who is reaping all of the benefits.
The May 9th Victory Day celebration in Moscow was a familiar sight for those accustomed with the practice of determining the Soviet hierarchy by watching officials’ placement on top of Lenin’s mausoleum during parades. The only person sitting directly next to Russian President Vladimir Putin was Chinese Premier Xi Jinping. The next closest leader to Putin was newly re-elected president of Kazakhstan Narsultan Nazarbaev.
There is little doubt as to the message behind the …read more
Source: Center on Global Interests