EU leaders are in possession of “very credible evidence” that China is considering military support for Russia, a senior EU official told POLITICO, while also threatening trade measures. potential if arms deliveries proceed.
It follows a similar warning from US officials earlier this week that the Russian government has asked China for military equipment and other assistance, such as POLITICO and other media reported. A later Financial Times report said China had shown signs of being open to the request. It remains unclear whether the latest EU information comes from similar sources or European intelligence.
“EU leaders have very credible evidence that China is considering providing military aid to Russia. All leaders are aware of what is happening,” the senior official said. of the EU said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about classified information.
He did not say what assistance Moscow had requested.
“We are concerned about the fact that China is flirting with the Russians,” he added. The EU will “impose trade barriers against China” if Beijing goes ahead with Russia’s request, he said, because “it’s the only language Beijing understands.”
The EU-China summit, scheduled for April 1 with President Xi Jinping, will go ahead as scheduled, as confirmed during a meeting with all top representatives of EU countries in Brussels on Friday.
The deepening Ukraine crisis is seen as a test of the strength of Russia-China relations. Beijing has repeatedly dismissed US reports of its involvement in the Ukraine crisis as “disinformation.
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