It seems to paint that Russia is split between westerners and Easterners but that seems to be very wrong. Simply because as evidence shows from elections and popularity ratings, Russia has become centrist to its own needs and goals. Yes, loud minorities exist (bloggers and journalists whom are foreign funded) but no one takes them seriously. Their bs is easily debated and destroyed.
But what exactly is he saying here? Because Russia going the route of self determination and not allying with anyone besides itself and the people who wish to, is the best method. They don't have any alliance with China but China knows they need Russia and somewhat vise versa.
Russia has nukes and that is the ultimate guarantee. No amount of large modern force right at the borders would stop Chinese or US invasion. Instead, having troops more centralized is giving Russia an option to move troops fast to where they must go. Putin made mention of a need to expand the air fleet significantly for this reason.
I think some of these "experts" rely on playing video games to get their knowledge on military.
I cant see any evidence Russia leaned on anyone ever.