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Russia all but destined to edge closer to China in 2020

Still on the outs with the US, Putin has no choice but to buddy up to Beijing

Russia and China have become increasingly wary of the U.S. and have stepped up military cooperation.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Russian President Vladimir Putin was in a fiery mood during a meeting with senior officials of the Defense Ministry in Moscow on Dec. 24, reminding them of the contentious relations with the U.S. And because the defense budget was already stretched, he warned that neither theft nor negligence would be tolerated.

The president sounded like he was already sweating the new year after a run of good luck in 2019.

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