Ukraine will react aggressively to arms supplies to Russia. This was announced on February 27 by adviser to the office of the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak.
“If a country, regardless of China, begins to transfer equipment to Russia, then it is necessary to react to this somehow aggressively,” he told the Dom TV channel.
Earlier in the day, American intelligence reported that China was allegedly going to supply hundreds of drones to Russia.
Thus, the head of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives of the US Congress, Michael McCall, in an interview with the TV channel ABC stated that the American side has intelligence reports that they are considering sending hundreds of drones to Russia. He also suggested that China could supply other lethal weapons besides drones, but he did not say which one.
Also, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said that China is waiting for “real costs” in the case of helping Russia in the conflict in Ukraine. At the same time, he noted that Beijing makes all foreign policy decisions independently.
On February 24, US leader Joe Biden said the United States had found no evidence that China was sending weapons to Russia for a special operation. Any support will have economic consequences for China, the politician added.
On the same day, EU Foreign Service spokeswoman Nabila Massrali said that the European Union had no evidence that Beijing was supplying Moscow with lethal weapons.
On February 22, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin called NATO’s statements about China’s arms supplies to Russia speculation. He recalled that the countries of the alliance are the largest source of arms supplies for Ukraine, while they continue to spread information about the provision of weapons by China to the Russian Federation. As Wang Wenbin emphasized, the corresponding tactics were used and exposed from the very beginning of the Ukrainian crisis.
On February 18, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the United States was concerned about possible assistance from China to Russia in the conduct of hostilities in Ukraine. On the same day, he warned China of the consequences if it provided material assistance to Russia in a special military operation.
In turn, Wang Yi, head of the office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, said that China would never accept US pressure and threats against Russian-Chinese relations.
On February 24 last year, the Russian Federation launched a special operation to protect Donbass. The decision was made by Russian President Vladimir Putin against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military.
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