China denied that Russia had asked for military help to invade Ukraine, as reported by US media citing officials from that country.
“It is completely untrue, it is pure disinformation. China has clearly and consistently stated its position on the crisis in Ukraine. We play a constructive role and assess the situation impartially and independently. Denigrating China’s position is not acceptable.” Foreign spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press conference today.
According to US officials, quoted by CNN and The New York Times, among other sources, China may have already provided a response and stated that if such assistance were given, it could change the “position of forces” on the ground and counterbalance the harsh sanctions imposed on the Russian economy by the West.
The New York Times indicated that Moscow has also asked China for additional economic support. to help counteract the blow to the Russian economy from harsh sanctions imposed by the United States and European and Asian countries.
So far, China has avoided condemning Russian actions in Ukraine, which it has not described as an “invasion”, while insisting both on “respect for the territorial integrity of all countries” and on the attention that should be paid to Russia’s “legitimate security demands”.
Chinese spokesmen have also reiterated that China opposes unilateral sanctions because “they do not bring peace and security” but rather “serious economic difficulties” to “the inhabitants of the affected countries”.
“They intensify the confrontation and lead to a win-win scenario,” spokesman Zhao said last week, referring to the US embargo of Russian oil and gas in retaliation for Russia’s offensive in Ukraine.
China and Russia “have always maintained solid cooperation in the field of energy” and “will continue to carry out trade cooperation that includes gas and oil,” Zhao explained, adding that the exchanges will take place in a spirit of “respect and mutual benefit and equality.
Security and Foreign Affairs Representatives of the Governments of the United States and China They will meet this Monday in Rome to discuss the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on security in Europe and around the world.
The US delegation will be led by White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, and the Chinese by the director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Yang Jiechi.
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