MOSCOW, March 22 (RIA Novosti) – Russia agreed with European Union on Friday on a roadmap for energy cooperation until 2050 after a meeting between Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
The deal was signed by European Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak.
The parties also agreed on the coordination of emergency situations response and consumers rights.
Medvedev said he “had never imagined our relations with Europe and with China reaching such a high level.”
“There is a certain symbolism in the fact that we start working with our European colleagues and then our government [members] leave for a Russia-China meeting,” Medvedev said.
Barroso said that the EU was “not jealous” about close cooperation between Russia and China.
“We believe the development of Russian-Chinese relations is, in principle, in the EU's interests,” he said. “In the 21st century, we all depend on each other.”
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The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.