Russian authorities slammed French President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks that Moscow was becoming submissive to China, saying Western countries must adjust to a reality based on the Kremlin’s tight relations with Beijing.

The Russian criticism centred on an interview Macron gave to the Paris newspaper l’Opinion in which he lamented the Kremlin’s isolation as a result of its 14-month invasion of Ukraine.

“(Russia) has de facto started a form of vasallisation with China and has lost access to the Baltic that was critical to it as it has precipitated the decision by Sweden and Finland to join Nato,” Macron was reported as saying in the daily.

“This was unthinkable even two years ago.”

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