China won’t transfer weapons to Russia, Ukraine’s spy chief says

27 February, 11:26 PM
Kyrylo Budanov (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Kyrylo Budanov (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

“I don’t see any signs indicating that such things are even being discussed,” Ukrainian Military Intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said in an interview with Voice of America on Feb. 27.

Budanov said he relies on facts and sees no confirmation from Western officials about China's plans. He also stressed that “basically, the only country” that actually transfers weapons to Russia is Iran.

“We had intel that something was sent away from North Korea, but we have no confirmation of this,” Budanov said.

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“And there isn’t a single case when we would have recorded that certain kind of weapon from North Korea was used here or there.”

He added that intelligence suggests Russia is trying to acquire any kind of available weapons from any country that is able to provide those. Budanov says that previously Russia’s close ally, Serbia, refused to transfer weapons and the Kremlin is now trying to get them from Myanmar.

On Feb. 25, CBS News reported that according to the CIA, China is considering supplying lethal weapons to Russia, with a focus on combat drones.

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