US President Joe Biden is sending his national security adviser to talks with a senior Chinese official in Rome on Monday as concerns grow that China is stepping up Russian disinformation in the Ukraine war and could help Russia evade punishment from economic sanctions.
Talks between National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi will focus on “efforts to steer competition between our two countries and discuss the impact of Russia’s war on Ukraine on regional and global security,” Emily Horne said in a speech . for the White House National Security Council.
The White House has accused Beijing of spreading false Russian allegations that Ukraine operates chemical and biological weapons laboratories with US support. U.S. officials said China was trying to provide cover for a potential biological or chemical weapons attack on Ukrainians by the Russian military.
said Sullivan on NBC’s Meet the press Sunday, that when Russia begins to accuse other countries of preparing to launch biological or chemical attacks, “it’s a good message that they may be on the verge of doing so themselves.”
He also said that China and other countries should not try to help Russia circumvent the sanctions, and that the United States has made it clear that other countries should not save the Russian economy. “We want to ensure that neither China nor anyone else can compensate Russia for these losses,” Sullivan said.
The striking allegations of Russian disinformation and Chinese involvement came after Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed without proof that the United States funded Ukrainian laboratories for chemical and biological weapons.
The UN has no evidence for biolaboratories
The Russian allegation was reiterated by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who claimed there were 26 bio-laboratories and related facilities in “which the US Department of Defense has absolute control over.” The UN has said it has not received any information supporting such allegations.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki last week called the allegations “vain.”
“Now that Russia has made these false claims, and China has apparently supported this propaganda, we should all be looking for Russia’s possible use of chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, or to create a false flag operation by using them. , “tweeted Psaki. Wednesday evening. “It’s a clear pattern.”
Russia ready to “impose blame elsewhere”
Sulllivan, who appeared in several of the US news broadcasts on Sunday before his trip, told Meet the nation on CBS that the Russian rhetoric about chemical and biological warfare is an indicator that the Russians are actually getting ready to do so and try to blame elsewhere, and no one should fall for that. “
The international community has for years assessed that Russia has used chemical weapons in carrying out assassination attempts against Putin’s 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.
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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.”
The Chinese abstained from voting in UN votes that censored Russia and criticized economic sanctions against Moscow. It has expressed its support for peace talks and offered its services as a mediator despite questions about its neutrality and little experience in mediating international conflicts.