Politico: Germany’s Scholz says China ‘declared it will not deliver’ weapons to Russia
European Commission chief von der Leyen says the EU has seen ‘no evidence’ that China is considering sending arms to Russia.
MESEBERG, Germany — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Sunday said China had declared it won’t supply Russia with weapons for its war against Ukraine, suggesting that Berlin has received bilateral assurances from Beijing on the issue.
Scholz was speaking at a press conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who told reporters that the EU has received “no evidence” so far from the U.S. that Beijing is considering supplying lethal support to Moscow.
Senior U.S. officials including Secretary of State Antony Blinken have expressed deep concern in recent weeks that China could provide weapons such as kamikaze drones to Russia, which in turn triggered warnings to Beijing from EU politicians. Scholz himself urged Beijing last week to refrain from such actions and instead use its influence to convince Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine.
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Update: Scholz warns of ‘consequences’ if China sends arms to Russia (AP)
WNU editor: No confirmation yet from Beijing.