NATO saw signs that China was planning to give weapons to Russia and issued a warning
China is considering sending weapons to Russia to help in the war against Ukraine. The Alliance issued a warning to China not to do so.
NATO sees signs that China is “considering and possibly planning” to provide Russia with weapons. This was stated by the head of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg.
NATO urges China not to make a mistake
Stoltenberg noted that China should not support Russia's illegal war. Since direct support of the aggressor is a flagrant violation of international law.
We have not seen any lethal aid shipments from China to Russia, but we have seen signs that they are considering and possibly planning to do so, which is why the United States and other allies are very clearly warning against it,” Stoltenberg said.
He emphasized that China is a member of the UN Security Council, and Russia's war against Ukraine is a violation of the UN Charter.
The main principle of this charter is to respect the integrity of other nations and not break into another country with hundreds of thousands of troops, and of course China should not be part of that. he said.
What is known about China's attitude towards Russia's war against Ukraine
- China still has not condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but avoided crossing red lines that could lead to sanctions. The country's government vaguely called for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. It was not until February 19, 2023 that a Chinese diplomat called the war a war for the first time, saying that “China's position is to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all countries.”
- Last week, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that China was considering transferring lethal weapons.
- After meeting with China's top diplomat Wang on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Blinken said he warned China against providing material support to Russia.
- During the same conference, Wang And he said that the PRC has prepared a plan for the formula of peace and will publish it on February 24. On February 21, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that the Chinese diplomat had already handed over the document to him, but he needed to get acquainted with it.