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Russia also denies asking China for military assistance
MADRID, 14 (EUROPE PRESS)
The Government of China has denied this Monday that Russia has requested military equipment from Beijing to reinforce its military offensive against Ukraine and has denounced the “disinformation” poured out in this regard from the United States.
The spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian, stressed that “the most urgent task is to exercise containment and reduce the tense situation in Ukraine, instead of adding fuel to the fire,” according to the CGTN network.
Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov has also denied that Russia has asked Beijing for military assistance, arguing that it has “independent potential” to continue the offensive in Ukraine.
“No,” Peskov assured at a press conference, before insisting that the offensive “is proceeding according to plan and will be completed on time and in full,” according to the Russian news agency Interfax.
Official US sources quoted on Sunday by the newspaper ‘The New York Times’ pointed out that Moscow had asked Beijing for military and economic help, in the latter case to deal with the impact of the battery of sanctions announced by Western countries against Russia for the invasion from Ukraine.
However, these sources refused to describe what kind of weapons or help Moscow was seeking and declined to discuss any kind of reaction by China to these requests. Beijing has repeatedly called for an agreement to end the war and has criticized NATO for its eastward expansion.
The information from ‘The New York Times’ was collected by Mijailo Podoliak, adviser to the Presidency of Ukraine, who said on his Twitter account that “in the face of an extremely failed ground operation in Ukraine, Russia’s reputation is nothing ” and charged Moscow with “trying to look elsewhere for the strength to destroy Ukraine.”