Top diplomats from the United States and China have met to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The United States had previously warned Beijing against providing support for the Russian invasion.
U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met on Monday with senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Rome. They talked for seven hours and agreed to keep the lines of communication open.
The United States had previously accused Russia of asking the Chinese for military equipment. Leaders in Moscow have rejected the claim. Sullivan warned China against providing any kind of support, saying there would be “consequences”.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the United States was spreading disinformation, calling the allegation “malicious”. He said China’s position was consistent and clear and that it was playing a constructive role in promoting peace talks.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has told European leaders that his country is ready to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
At the same time, Chinese leaders have refused to call the Russian attacks an “invasion.” They have also criticized the sanctions imposed by Western countries in response.