Adviser to Zelensky’s office chief offers ‘in a good way’ aggressive response to China arms transfer to Russia


Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said that it is necessary to react aggressively to the transfer of military assistance to Russia from other countries, including China. At the same time, he stressed that today there is no evidence that Beijing has sent weapons to Moscow.

Mikhail Podolyak said that in the context of a special military operation, any assistance to Russia is “a violation of international law.” He believes that in the context of China, this issue should be resolved through joint consultations with the European Union and the United States if Beijing’s behavior becomes “toxic enough.”

“If a country begins to transfer equipment to Russia, then it is necessary to react aggressively to this. In a good sense of the word aggressively. We must not allow the destruction of a certain security framework,” Mikhail Podolyak said in an interview with the Ukrainian TV channel Dom.

The adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president added that China should maintain the position of neutrality that Beijing has adhered to since the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine.

On February 19, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken accused China of supplying Russia with non-lethal military aid. Then he added that Beijing is considering sending weapons. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin called such statements speculation.

On February 25, CNN and The Wall Street Journal, citing US intelligence data, reported that China was exploring the possibility of supplying Russia with drones, artillery and ammunition. Later, this was also announced by the CIA. However, Ukrainian intelligence did not confirm this information.

Follow the military conflict in Ukraine in the online broadcast “Kommersant”.

Lusine Balasyan


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