EU urges China not to supply Russia with weapons
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The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that China will cross a red line if it decides to send weapons to Russia, Politico reported on Feb. 20.
Borrell recalled his meeting with high-ranking Chinese diplomat Wang Yi, which took place on Feb. 18.
“I expressed our strong concern about China providing arms to Russia,” said Borrell.
“I asked him not to do that, and expressing not only our concern, but the fact that for us, it would be a red line in our relationship.”
According to him, Wang Yi said that the PRC wasn’t going to do this, but Borrell promised to "remain vigilant."
At the same time, EU foreign ministers who met in Brussels also warned Beijing not to cross this line.
“If such a decision is taken (by China) it will definitely have consequences, of course,” Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billström said.
“We stand side by side with the United States on that message.”
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis previously said that the EU will stand with the United States if Chinese weapons end up in Russia.
“There were those who expected the West … not to be united when it came to the Russian attack on Ukraine, but we were united,” he said.
“So I would think that, drawing from this lesson, there would be enough arguments for China not to assist Russia in its genocidal war in Ukraine.”
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 will bring "serious consequences".
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