The revelation of the Kremlin’s request came a day before national security adviser Jake Sullivan met Yang Jiechi, China’s top foreign policy official, in Rome to discuss the Russia war -Ukraine.
Earlier on Sunday, Sullivan told CNN’s “State of the Union” “We are talking directly, privately with Beijing that there will be consequences for efforts to evade large-scale sanctions or assist Russia to cover them up. We will not allow that to continue and allow a relief for Russia from economic sanctions from any country in the world.”
The US and European-led economic sanctions campaign to punish Russia for the invasion has prompted Moscow to seek more economic help from China.
“We have part of our gold and foreign exchange reserves denominated in Chinese currency, denominated in yuan,” said Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said in an interview on Sunday TV. “And we see Western countries putting pressure on China to limit mutual trade with China.”
The military support Russia needs from China is unclear. Perhaps Moscow is asking for “exploratory talks,” said Michael Kofman, Russia director at Virginia-based consultancy CNA, or “maybe chips, that’s what they do.” need”. But the majority of semiconductors, he noted, come from Taiwan, where the government enforcement of global export restrictions on Russia.
“Definitely Russia has positioned itself after several years of equipment procurement,” says Kofman.
The Kremlin’s request raises important questions about how Russia sees its progress, or lack thereof, on the Ukraine battlefield and about the Moscow-Beijing relationship.
Seeking military support just two weeks after the war may indicate that Russian military leaders appreciate that they need to be fully equipped to sustain the invasion, especially since the campaign to capture Kyiv has been virtually nonexistent. still stalled.
And how Chinese leader Xi Jinping chooses to support Putin – with whom he met 38 times – can provide a clear signal of the strength of their relationship. Normally, Russia sells weapons to China, so agreeing to this request would underline a changed move.
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