Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov says Russia increased its cooperation with Asia and the Pacific after the first signals that the EU cannot afford to be so dependent on Russia came from Europe.
"The first signals came from Europe that Europe cannot afford to be so dependent on Russia," Shuvalov said at the Valdai political debate meeting, which is being held in St. Petersburg at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
"Then we started looking for other energy supply routes, and we began active negotiations with China, etc.," Shuvalov said.
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