China could be preparing to supply Russia with weapons, NATO head says

23 February, 09:21 PM
Jens Stoltenberg (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

Jens Stoltenberg (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

NATO is registering signs that China is considering supplying weapons to Russia, alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with Reuters on Feb. 23.

"We haven't seen any supplies of lethal aid from China to Russia, but we have seen signs that they are considering and may be planning for that," Stoltenberg said.

He added that the United States and other allies warned China against the move. Stoltenberg stressed that Beijing shouldn’t support Russia's illegal war.

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He recalled that China is a member of the UN Security Council and that Russia's war against Ukraine violates the UN Charter.

"The basic principle of that charter is to respect the integrity of other nations and not to march in and invade another country with hundreds of thousands of troops," he said.

"Of course, China should not be part of that."

China refrains from criticizing the full-scale war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine and claims that it takes an “objective and fair position”.

On Feb. 19, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Beijing was considering providing lethal aid to Russia, including weapons and ammunition. He warned China against this, adding that it would bring "serious consequences".

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