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Amid the Flack, China’s US Ambassador Says Beijing Is Now Not Sending Weapons To Russia

China’s foreign ministry says the West must take into account Russia’s security concerns.

Beijing:

China’s ambassador to the U.S. said Sunday his country was not sending weapons to Russia for use in Ukraine, but he did not rule out definitively the possibility Beijing would do so in the future.

In a lengthy phone call on Friday, US President Joe Biden warned his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that there would be “consequences” if Beijing gave material support to Moscow as it claimed its war against Kyiv.

Asked on Sunday about CBS whether China might send money or weapons to Russia, Ambassador Qin Gang spoke about the present, saying: “There is misinformation about China providing military aid to Russia. We reject it.”

Instead, “what China is doing is sending food, medicine, sleeping bags and infant formula, not weapons and ammunition to any party,” he said.

Beijing, which shares with Moscow a sense of hostility and hatred towards the United States, has refused to criticize its Russian allies over Ukraine’s aggression, despite pressure from U.S., British and other officials.

Qin, who was interviewed on CBS’s talk show “Face the Nation,” said Beijing continues to “promote peace talks and call for an immediate ceasefire.”

But the kind of public condemnation that many people in the West are pushing for “doesn’t help,” he said. “We need reason. We need courage. And we need good diplomacy.”

China’s foreign ministry says the West must take into account Russia’s security concerns.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday lent his voice to call on China to also condemn the Russian aggression.

“As time goes on, and as the amount of Russian atrocities increases, I think it becomes increasingly difficult and politically embarrassing for people either actively or passively to justify Putin’s aggression,” he told the Sunday Times.

Mikhailo Podolyak, top adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, appealed to Beijing on Saturday to “condemn Russian barbarism.”

If Beijing provides military support to Russia, analysts say, it could turn an already exploding transatlantic stalemate into a global dispute the West is complaining about with the world’s second -largest economy, causing turmoil in international markets.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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