Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said that his country had never provided Russia with weapons for the war against Ukraine, reported The Washington Post, citing the minister’s words at the Shangri-La Dialogue defense conference in Singapore on June 12.
He called the relations between Russia and China a "partnership, not an alliance." Fenghe also said that relations between the two countries "are not targeted against any third country."
At the same time, he claimed that the United States was "prolonging" the war by providing weapons to Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Russia.
According to U.S. media reports, Russia had asked China to support its full-scale invasion of Ukraine by providing military and economic assistance. Both Russia and China have denied the story.
The United States has previously warned China against providing aid to Russia. Earlier, in Lviv, Chinese Ambassador to Ukraine Fan Xianrong said his country would never attack Ukraine, but will help the country recover from the war.
Earlier, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang also told EU leaders that Beijing insisted on peace talks between Russia and Ukraine "in its own way."