China Rejects ‘False’ U.S. Claims That Russia Sought Chinese Military Aid for Ukraine

Beijing contradicts Washington Post informer “who spoke on the condition of anonymity.”

  • China is criticizing Washington’s recent allegations as disinformation that Russia sought military assistance from China to conduct its special operation in Ukraine, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a briefing on Monday, according to TASS.
  • The Washington Post had claimed that a U.S. official told the news outlet that Russia had been seeking military aid and equipment from China.
  • But WaPo did not reveal the identity of the official, claiming they “spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.”
  • The unidentified official in WaPo’s reporting also “did not describe what kind of weaponry had been requested, or whether they know how China responded.”
  • “The allegations on the matter disseminated by the US are false information,” China’s Lijian specified.
  • According to the Chinese diplomat, lately Washington has been deliberately circulating misinformation about China regarding the developments in Ukraine.
  • Lijian also noted that China’s stance on Ukraine is coherent and clear, namely that Beijing has always played a constructive role in the process of establishing peace and advancing negotiations.

“Currently, it is essential that all sides exercise restraint, contribute to defusing the situation, and not add fuel to the fire, but rather promote a diplomatic settlement of the issue and not its escalation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said, TASS reports.

  • A spokesman for President Putin blamed the West for provoking conflict and Russia’s attacks on cities, even as negotiations resumed with Ukraine over a potential ceasefire, The Times reports.
  • A Tochka-U ballistic missile was launched into Donetsk, the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), on Monday, officials said, according to RT News.
  • DPR military spokesman Eduard Basurin said the missile was intercepted and destroyed mid-air, but one of its explosive parts managed to hit the city, officials reporting that at least 17 people were killed and 28 wounded.