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China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin: A joint statement released after their recent summit says the countries' relationship "has no limits -- there are no 'forbidden' areas."   © Nikkei montage/Source photo by Reuters
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China and Russia's 'no limits' ties test West as Ukraine shivers

Olympic summit with Xi caps Putin's evolution from leader once lauded by Biden

DIMITRI SIMES JR., Contributing writer | Russia & Caucasus

MOSCOW -- In November 2001, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted to American journalists that a new Cold War between Moscow and Washington was inconceivable.

"If someone thinks that Russia can again become an enemy of the United States," he said, "I think these people do not understand what has happened in the world and what has happened to Russia."

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