China’s International Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin has condemned the “faux” and “very despicable” suggestion that Beijing requested Russia to delay its invasion of Ukraine till after the 2022 Winter Olympics had completed.
Talking at a every day briefing on Thursday, Wang informed reporters that the allegation within the New York Instances newspaper “is solely faux information, and such behaviors of diverting consideration and shifting blame are very despicable.” He reiterated the nation’s declare that the US provoked Russia by not ruling out NATO membership for Ukraine.
The report within the New York Instances quoted a Western intelligence report as saying senior Chinese language officers informed senior Russian officers to not invade Ukraine till the worldwide sporting occasion in Beijing had concluded.
The article claims the “report signifies that senior Chinese language officers had some degree of direct information about Russia’s conflict plans or intentions earlier than the invasion began.”
Forward of the Winter Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese language President Xi Jinping met, issuing a joint assertion to declare that the “friendship between the 2 states has no limits,” including that “there are not any ‘forbidden’ areas of cooperation.”
China was one in every of 35 nations that abstained from a vote of the UN Normal Meeting on Wednesday, which noticed 141 nations condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, whereas solely 5 members, together with Moscow, rejected the decision.
“Regrettably, the draft decision submitted to the Normal Meeting emergency particular session for vote had not undergone full consultations with the entire membership, nor does it take into accounts the historical past and the complexity of the present disaster,” Wang informed reporters, explaining China’s determination to abstain.
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