No signs of China supplying Russia with weapons, Ukrainian intelligence says

21 March, 02:05 AM
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Photo:REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Photo:REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Ukrainian intelligence cannot confirm that China supplied weapons to Russia, Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence spokesman Andrii Yusov told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on March 20.

“There are no talks about weapons currently as we have no records of that,” said Yusov.

He added that recent reports by Western media of Beijing considering extending military assistance to Moscow are still being investigated and verified.

At the same time, the Kremlin regime received Chinese drones and civilian goods with microchips that are then used in Russian military equipment.

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Commenting on Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow, Yusov said it was a visit of a "strong regional leader" to a regime that is stuck in impasse economically, as well as in terms of foreign policy.

“As a pragmatic geopolitical player, the Chinese leader and China will strengthen their positions in the region and on the territory of the so-called Russian Federation, protecting their own economic and other national interests,” said Yusov.

“Meaning, it’s in their own interests, it’s an absolutely pragmatic policy.”

On March 16, Politico reported that Chinese companies sent 1,000 assault rifles, body armor, and drone parts to Russia in 2022.

The United States and its allies have repeatedly said in recent weeks that China is considering supplying weapons to Russia. According to U.S. media, the list includes drones, ammunition, and even artillery. Beijing has subsequently denied these reports.

On March 20-22, Xi Jinping will be paying a visit to Moscow, it’s his first official visit to Russia in four years. He became the first leader to meet with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin after the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest days earlier.

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