Ahead of the negotiations, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan warned bluntly 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.
U.S. officials also accuse China to spread Russian disinformation that could be a pretext for chemical or biological weapons attacks launched by Vladimir Putin’s forces in Ukraine.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put China in a fragile position with two of its biggest trading partners: the United States and the European Union. China needs access to these markets, but it has also made gestures that support Moscow and join Russia in declaring a friendship without borders.
In his talks with senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi, Sullivan will really look for limits on what Beijing will do for Moscow.
I’m not going to sit here in public and wave threats, “he told CNN in a round of Sunday’s news show interviews. But what I want to tell you is that we communicate directly and privately to Beijing that absolutely will be consequences if China helps Russia fill its losses from the sanctions.
We will not allow it to move forward and allow there to be a lifeline to Russia from these economic sanctions from any country anywhere in the world, he said.
The White House said the talks would focus on the direct impact of Russia’s war on Ukraine on regional and global security.
Officials in the Biden administration say Beijing is spreading false Russian allegations that Ukraine operates chemical and biological weapons laboratories with US support. They say China will effectively provide cover if Russia goes ahead with a biological or chemical weapons attack on Ukrainians.
When Russia begins to accuse other countries of preparing to launch biological or chemical attacks, Sullivan told NBC’s Meet the Press, it’s a good news that they may be on their way to doing so themselves.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, on ABC’s This Week, said we have not seen anything indicative of any impending chemical or biological attack right now, but we are following this very, very closely.
The striking US allegations of Russian disinformation and Chinese involvement came after Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed without proof that the United States funded Ukrainian chemical and biological weapons laboratories.
The Russian allegation was reiterated by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who claimed there were 26 bio-laboratories and related facilities over which the US Department of Defense has absolute control. The UN has said it has not received any information supporting such allegations.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called the allegations absurd. “
Now that Russia has made these false claims, and China has apparently supported this propaganda, we should all be on the lookout for Russia’s possible use of chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, or to create a false flag operation by using them, tweeted Psaki last week. . “It simply came to our notice then.
Sullivan told Face the Nation on CBS that Russia’s rhetoric about chemical and biological warfare is “an indicator that the Russians are actually getting ready to do it and trying to blame elsewhere, and no one should fall for it.
That international communities for years have estimated that Russia has used chemical weapons to carry out assassination attempts against Putin opponents such as Alexei Navalny and former spy Sergei Skripal. Russia also supports the Assad government in Syria, which has used chemical weapons against its people in a decades-long civil war.
CIA Director William Burns testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday and also noted serious concern that Russia might lay the groundwork for its own chemical or biological attack, which it would then blame the United States or Ukraine for a false flag operation.
This is something that you all know is very much part of Russia’s playbook, he said. They have used these weapons against their own citizens, they have at least called for their use in Syria and elsewhere, so this is something we take very seriously. “
China has been one of the few countries that has avoided criticizing the Russians for their invasion of Ukraine. China’s Xi Jinping hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin for the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, just weeks before Russia launched the invasion on February 24.
During Putin’s visit to China last month, the two leaders issued a 5,000-word statement declaring boundless friendship.
The Chinese abstained from voting in UN votes that censored Russia and criticized economic sanctions against Moscow. It has expressed its support for peace negotiations and offered its services as a mediator despite questions about its neutrality and little experience in mediation international conflict.
But there are still questions about how far Beijing will go to alienate the alliance and put its own economy at risk. Sullivan said China and all countries are aware that they can basically not save Russia … give Russia a solution to the sanctions, with impunity.
Chinese officials have said Washington should not be able to complain about Russia’s actions because the United States invaded Iraq under false pretenses.
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