Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Ufa, Russia, July 8, 2015. Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the BRICS summits. REUTERS/Alexander Nemenov/Pool


Europe yesterday, Beijing today: Russia's bad romance

July 15, 2015, Lilia Shevtsova

Only yesterday, writes Lilia Shevtsova, Russia was dating Europe; today, the Kremlin is trying to persuade the world (and itself) that it has fallen in love with Beijing. But does Russia really understand what it has gotten itself into?