The US informed allies that China expressed a willingness to give military help after Russia sought weapons, including surface-to-air missiles.
According to individuals familiar with American diplomatic cables on the interaction. This comes after its move to back the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the US informed allies that Russia had requested five types of weaponry from China. Including surface-to-air missiles.
Along with drones, intelligence-related equipment, armored vehicles, and logistics and support vehicles were among the other categories.
However, the cables distributed to allies in Europe and Asia by the US State Department did not specify the extent or timing of any aid that Beijing may provide to Moscow.
According to one of the officials, the US has not shared the intelligence that supports its judgments with allies.
In addition, without providing any additional information, a senior administration official stated that the Financial Time’s reporting on the list of equipment was inaccurate.
According to the Financial Times, Russia requested help immediately after the fighting began. As a result, which has now lasted three weeks.
Meanwhile, the White House has been alarmed by Russia’s request and China’s response.
Officials in the United States believe China is trying to help Russia, even as its top officials publicly push for a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
The Chinese embassy in the United States stated on Sunday that it was unaware of any Russian request or good Chinese response. However, Russia denied making any requests to China on Monday.
A senior official declined to say when China had provided military assistance. Especially, in response to Russia’s request but said the Pentagon was “very, very closely” watching the situation.
“There will very certainly be implications for China if it decides to materially back Russia in this war,” the defense official added.
“We’ve seen China basically give unstated approval to what Russia is doing by refusing to join sanctions. Along with blaming the west and the United States for the assistance we’re giving Ukraine.
Additionally, by claiming they wanted a peaceful outcome but essentially doing nothing to achieve it,” the official continued.