Biden assures that China “has not delivered” weapons to Russia at this stage
Joe Biden claimed Friday from Ottawa that China “has not delivered” weapons to Russia at this stage, despite fears expressed about it by Westerners.
“It's been three months now that I hear that China is going to supply important weapons to Russia… That doesn't mean they won't, but they don't haven't done it yet,” said the American president during a trip to his Canadian neighbour.
“I don't take China lightly. I don't take Russia lightly,” he added, also considering that the information announcing their rapprochement had probably been “exaggerated”.
Conversely, Joe Biden insisted on the strengthened links between Westerners. “If anything has happened, it's that the West has tightened up considerably,” he said, speaking of a “united” coalition.
During a visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow this week, Russians and Chinese for their part hailed the entry into a “new era” of their “special relationship”.
But if the Chinese leader has promised his support moral and a commercial lifeline, he refrained from supplying arms to Russian soldiers serving in Ukraine, which could have led to Western sanctions against his country.
There was no no longer a long-term commitment to buying large quantities of Russian gas, whose exports to Europe have collapsed, leaving a gaping hole in Russia's finances.