Russia has asked China for military equipment to support the invasion of Ukraine, prompting fears in the White House that Beijing may undermine Western efforts to help Ukrainian forces defend their country, the Financial Times reports. Therefore, the United States is preparing to warn its allies about the situation that has arisen.
The White House did not comment on the reports and the Chinese Embassy in Washington declined to comment.
China will help Russia? Sullivan warns of ‘critical’ consequences.
Sullivan said on Sunday that “Washington and its allies will put increasing pressure on Russia” and warned China that any steps to help Moscow or facilitate the circumvention of Western sanctions would have “critical” consequences for Beijing.
As he emphasized, he told China that the United States would not allow any country to “compensate Russia” for the losses and costs of the financial restrictions.
Reuters reported, citing sources, that Jake Sullivan will meet with Chinese Communist Party chief Yang Jiechi on Monday in Rome, as part of efforts to maintain open channels of communication between Washington and Beijing. The topic of their talks is the impact of the war in Ukraine on the security of the world and the region.
Sullivan will then speak to the Italian prime minister’s advisor for diplomatic affairs, Luigi Mattiolo, about the West’s coordinated response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
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