No, it was Russia. The only country that is making people want to join NATO is Russia.So you're saying it was France and Germany hellbent on bringing Ukraine into NATO? Or was it the US?
Where? Mongolia? Kazakhstan? Russia has to deal with its geography, like every other country. That's why their natural partners were the EU, but Putin's dictatorial ambitions meant aligning instead with China, as that is the other revanchist power that wants to promote dictatorship as the ideal form of government. China at least is their neighbor, though that's through the under-developed Russian far east which is largely depopulated because they slaughtered the natives and the area is too far from Europe and the big cities for the Russians (you can check Russian internal migration stats -- the Far Eastern, Siberian, Ural, and North Caucasian districts empty themselves into the Northwestern, Central, Southern, and Volga districts -- as well as their external migration stats -- mostly to Finland, the Baltic states, Poland, Germany, and before the war, Ukraine). The Russian people look to the West, because that's where they can find prosperity; it's only the Russian leadership that looks to the South.Russia's current dependency on China is temporary, they will find alternatives to China in the mid term.