A US official said Russia had asked China for military equipment for use in its invasion of Ukraine.
His request comes amid tensions over the ongoing war ahead of Monday’s meeting in Rome between top aides to the US and Chinese governments.
Before the talks, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan bluntly warned China to avoid helping Russia evade sanctions from global sanctions that have impacted the Russian economy. “We will not allow that to continue,” he said.
The prospect of China offering financial assistance to Russia is one of President Joe Biden’s concerns. A US official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive issues said that in recent days Russia has requested assistance from China, including military equipment, to advance the ongoing war. with Ukraine.
Officials did not provide details on the scope of the request. The claim was first reported by the Financial Times and The Washington Post.
The Biden administration also accused China of spreading Russian disinformation that could be a pretext for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces to attack Ukraine with chemical or biological weapons. United States and the European Union. China needs access to those markets, but it has also shown support for Moscow, joining Russia in declaring its friendship “without limits”.
In talks with China’s senior foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi, Mr. Sullivan will indeed look for limits in what Beijing will do for Moscow.
“I’m not going to sit here openly and spew threats,” he told CNN in an interview on Sunday’s news program.
“But what I will tell you is that we are in direct and private communication with Beijing that there will absolutely be consequences” if China helps Russia “make up” for the damage from the sanctions.
“We will not allow that to continue and allow a relief for Russia from economic sanctions from any country in the world,” he said.
In brief comments on the talks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian did not mention Ukraine, saying that “the key issue of this meeting is to implement the important consensus reached by the Chinese heads of state.” China and the US achieved in their virtual summit last November.”
The White House said the talks would focus on the direct impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine on regional and global security.
Biden administration officials say Beijing is spreading false Russian claims that Ukraine is running chemical and biological weapons laboratories with US support.
They say China is effectively covering up if Russia launches a biological or chemical weapons attack on the Ukrainians.
As Russia began accusing other countries of preparing to launch biological or chemical attacks, Mr. Sullivan told NBC’s Meet the Press: “It’s good to know that they may be preparing to launch attacks. chemical work”.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, on ABC’s This Week, said: “We haven’t seen anything to suggest that a chemical or biological attack is imminent right now, but we are monitoring it. this is very, very tight.”
According to a person familiar with the administration’s thinking, there is growing concern in the White House that China is allying with Russia over the Ukraine war in the hope of advancing North Korea’s “vision of world order”. Business in the long term.
This person was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The international community assesses that Russia used chemical weapons to assassinate Putin’s detractors such as Alexei Navalny and former spy Sergei Skripal.
Russia also supports the Assad regime in Syria, which has used chemical weapons against its own people during the decades-long civil war.
China is one of the few countries to avoid criticizing Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. Chinese leader Xi Jinping hosted the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing for Putin, just three weeks before the Russian invasion on February 24.
During Mr. Putin’s visit, the two leaders issued a 5,000-word statement declaring boundless friendship.
China abstained in UN votes critical of Russia and criticized economic sanctions against Moscow. It has expressed support for peace negotiations and offered its services as a mediator, despite questions about its neutrality and its meager experience in peacemaking. international conflict resolution.
https://www.independent.ie/news/russia-is-seeking-military-aid-from-china-according-to-an-us-official-41444209.html Russia is seeking military aid from China, according to a US official