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US elections 2020

For Russia, Biden's rise strengthens China's gravitational pull

Analysts in Moscow say Putin won't be counting on a 'reset' with US

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin: Analysts suggest difficult relations between the two will push Moscow deeper into China's orbit. (Source photos by Reuters and AP)

MOSCOW -- In the early days of the Barack Obama administration, then-Vice President Joe Biden briefly advocated for "pressing the reset button" in U.S. relations with Russia. Biden's upcoming presidency, however, looks more likely to push Russia into a closer relationship with China.

Analysts say Moscow is poised to expand cooperation with Beijing over the next fours years due to a risk of new sanctions and a growing perception that the American political system is dysfunctional. Alexander Gabuev, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center, told Nikkei Asia that a Biden presidency would likely leave Russia with "no other choice but to lean more on China for external support."

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