Alexei Naumov, an expert at the Russian International Affairs Council, assessed the US reaction to a possible rapprochement between Ukraine and China in a commentary to Lente.ru.
Naumov is confident that the United States will not give Kiev the opportunity to cooperate with Beijing, since it is interested in Ukraine as in its zone of influence in the post-Soviet space and as an instrument to contain Russia.
“They will not allow Ukraine to start moving towards China, and Ukraine will use this to put pressure on its Western allies, for example, more actively demanding an Action Plan for NATO membership or additional funds,” Naumov said. At the same time, the United States, he believes, will not succumb to Kiev’s pressure.
Earlier, US Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland said that China put pressure on Ukraine: it refused to supply the country with a vaccine due to the fact that Kiev voted for a UN resolution on human rights in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. “Ukraine fell victim to China when it voted in the UN Human Rights Council for a resolution on Xinjiang. The delivery of 500,000 coronavirus vaccines from China has been canceled, ”Nuland said.