Prior to the talks, Sullivan directly warned China to avoid helping Russia evade punishment from global sanctions that have hammered the Russian economy. “We will not allow it to move forward,” he said. Russia, however, denied on Monday that it needed China’s help.
“No, Russia has its own potential to continue the operation, which, as we have said, is unfolding according to plan and will be completed on time and in full,” said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile, officials are in the White House discusses President Joe Biden’s trip to Europe to meet with allies for face-to-face talks on the crisis in Ukraine, according to three US officials. Officials, who were not authorized to comment publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the trip has not been completed. One possibility is a visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels on March 24 with other potential stops in Europe, according to one of the officials.
The prospect of China offering Russia economic aid is one of several concerns for Biden. A US official said Russia had in recent days requested support from China, including military equipment, to push forward in its ongoing war with Ukraine. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters, did not provide details on the scope of the request.