Russia Demands Military And Economic Support From China For Its Invasion Of Ukraine.
According to the US, Russia has sought China for military and economic assistance in its invasion of Ukraine.
The backing includes drones as well as money for the battle, US defense officials said.
According to CNN, one of the US officials stated the demands occurred following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Any Chinese help would shift the battle and even offer the Russians an advantage since it would provide a counterweight to the punishing sanctions put on Russia’s economy while also giving Russia a competitive advantage, which it already possesses.
In a statement, Liu Pengyu, a spokeswoman for the Chinese embassy in the United States, said, “I’ve never heard of that.” when asked by CNN.
Liu expressed concern for “the Ukraine situation” — calling it “indeed disconcerting” — and said China has and will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.
Liu said: “The high priority now is to prevent the tense situation from escalating or even getting out of control. … China calls for exercising utmost restraint and preventing a massive humanitarian crisis.”
According to National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne, news of Russia’s request comes just days before White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan meets with his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, in Rome on Monday, March 13 as part of a follow-up conversation to President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s virtual meeting last November.
Sullivan speaking to “State of the Union” on Sunday said that China providing Russia with support is a “concern.”
“We also are watching closely to see the extent to which China actually does provide any form of support, material support or economic support, to Russia. It is a concern of ours. And we have communicated to Beijing that we will not stand by and allow any country to compensate Russia for its losses from the economic sanctions,” Sullivan said.
“We will not allow that to go forward and allow there to be a lifeline to Russia from these economic sanctions from any country anywhere in the world,” he said.
Sullivan added that while the US believes “China, in fact, was aware before the invasion took place that Vladimir Putin was planning something, they may not have understood the full extent of it.”
“Because it’s very possible that Putin lied to them the same way that he lied to Europeans and others,” Sullivan told Bash.
On Sunday, Russia escalated its offensive in western Ukraine, shooting missiles near Lviv and striking a big military base near the Polish border, killing scores of people.
As per local police, 35 people were murdered and 134 others were injured at the military camp in what Ukraine’s Minister of Defense, Oleksii Reznikov, called a “terrorist attack” on peace and security “near the EU-NATO border.”