Washington is spreading sinister misinformation about Ukraine crisis, Beijing says
In response to Western media reports that Moscow has requested military help from Beijing to carry out its operation in Ukraine, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has accused US officials of spreading disinformation with sinister intent.
“The United States recently spread false information against China on the Ukraine issue, with sinister intentions,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Monday, responding to a foreign reporter’s question about whether China would help Russia with weapons.
“China’s position on the Ukraine issue is consistent and clear, and we have always played a constructive role in persuading peace and promoting talks,” he added. he added. Zhao also called on warring parties to exercise restraint and defuse tensions rather than fuel them, while insisting that all countries should push for a diplomatic solution.
On Sunday, the Financial Times reported that Moscow had asked China “for equipment and other unspecified types of military assistance” to support its military operation in Ukraine. The report added that the White House was concerned “Beijing could undermine Western efforts to help Ukrainian forces defend their country” if he chooses to accede to the alleged request.
Previously, Washington had threatened to shut down Chinese chipmakers if Beijing helped Moscow circumvent US sanctions.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia had enough military resources to carry out the operation in Ukraine without asking for help from other countries.
“Newspapers write a lot these days. You should not take it as your primary source. Russia has independent potential to continue the operation, as we said, it is developing according to plan and will be completed on time and in full,” he stated.
The United States and its EU allies imposed unprecedented sanctions on Moscow in response to the military operation in Ukraine. Russia announced its decision in late February, after a seven-year standoff over Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Luhansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to regularize the status of the two regions within the Ukrainian state.
Moscow has now demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join NATO. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.
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