New Delhi: Russia has not asked China for military assistance, the Kremlin said after a controversy broke out when some US officials said Moscow has asked Beijing for military and economic aid in its war against Ukraine.
Russia has sufficient military clout to fulfil all of its objectives in Ukraine in time, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told media persons.
Earlier in the day, US officials told the media that Russia has asked China for military and economic aid for its war in Ukraine.
The US has warned China against providing financial or military aid to Moscow, as more sanctions on business and political leaders are imposed.
The request for equipment is not new and was made soon after Russia launched its offensive in Ukraine on February 24, Bloomberg quoted a US official as saying.
US national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Rome. “We have communicated very clearly to Beijing that we won’t stand by,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters after the meeting. “We will not allow any country to compensate Russia for its losses.”
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said, “The US has been spreading disinformation targeting China on the Ukraine issue, with malicious intentions.”
The comments came during a regular Chinese foreign ministry briefing in Beijing.
Diplomatic efforts to end the war in Ukraine are stepping up, with Ukrainian and Russian negotiators set to talk again after both sides cited progress over the weekend.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden said in a tweet that the US would provide Ukraine with weapons against Russia’s military operations. Biden also said that America would allow Ukrainian refugees into the US, and that it would also send food, money, and other humanitarian aid to Kyiv.
“We will make sure Ukraine has weapons to defend against the invading Russian force. We will send money and food and aid to save Ukrainian lives. We will welcome Ukrainian refugees with open arms,” he said.