US officials have told media outlets that Russia is seeking military aid in Ukraine from China.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN on Sunday that the administration was concerned about this.
Mr Sullivan said China has been warned that the United States will not allow any country to support Russia.
U.S. officials said Russia sought military and economic aid from China to support the invasion of Ukraine and counter sanctions, the New York Times first reported on Sunday.
The Washington Post, CNN, and Fox News also reported the news, citing unnamed US officials. The Times and Post reported that US officials refused to disclose additional information about the types of weapons Russia requested.
The Chinese embassy did not immediately respond to insider requests for comment, but spokesman Liu Pengyu told CNN that Russia had “never heard” of China’s request for assistance.
“China is deeply concerned and sad about the situation in Ukraine. We sincerely hope that the situation will be eased and peace will be restored sooner,” Pengu told CNN.
Russia was hit by devastating sanctions from the West after launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24. The United States, Great Britain and the European Union were one of the ones that impose sanctions on Russia’s officials, businesses and presidents, as well as on the country. Vladimir Putin.
President Putin and China’s President Xi Jinping met until February 4, after which they issued a statement criticizing the United States and declaring “no restrictions” on the friendly relations between Russia and China. In Ukraine, insider Matatias Schwartz reported.
Ukrainian troops were able to stop the invasion in many of the countries, but military aid from China could be of great benefit to Russian troops, while Ukraine received military aid and weapons from its western allies. ..
After the US Senate approved $ 13.6 billion in emergency humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine last week, the White House approved delivery of $ 200 million in weapons to Ukraine on Saturday.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN Dana Bash on Sunday that the government was concerned about China’s potential to provide aid to Russia.
“We are also closely watching how China actually provides some form of assistance, physical assistance, or financial assistance to Russia. That is our concern. And we are I told Beijing that we wouldn’t wait, allowing Russia to compensate for the losses from economic sanctions. “
Sullivan said the government had told China that efforts to help Russia avoid the effects of U.S. sanctions would “absolutely have consequences,” and would impose sanctions on China if the U.S. helped Russia. I didn’t say whether or not.
The White House did not immediately respond to insider requests for comment.
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