CHINA is ready to send weapons to Russia to help with its invasion, the United States has warned.
And Beijing has been told it will face isolation and sanctions if it helps Moscow as World War III fears grow.
It happened after US national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Rome.
Washington has told its NATO allies and several Asian countries that China has signaled its willingness to provide military and economic support to Russia, but should deny those plans.
A US official said: “It’s real, it’s consequential and it’s truly alarming.”
The White House said: “We are deeply concerned about China’s alignment with Russia at this time, and the National Security Advisor has been forthright about those concerns and the potential implications and consequences of certain actions. “
Chinese companies defying U.S. restrictions on exports to Russia could be deprived of U.S. equipment and software they need to make their products, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said last week.
But Yang said China was committed to resolving the dispute, adding, “China firmly opposes all words and deeds that spread false information and distort and smear China’s position.”
Ryan Hass of the Brookings Institution said Chinese support for Russia would “dramatically narrow its path to preserving non-hostile relations with the United States and the West.”
It comes after Russia reportedly asked China for help last month for its invasion of Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin‘s team reportedly asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for both military equipment and support after his Feb. 24 invasion.
Several U.S. officials have since said Beijing could undermine Western efforts to help Ukraine, The New York Times reports.
And Sullivan said Washington believed China knew Russia was planning to invade Ukraine before it did.
He also warned that Beijing would “absolutely” face consequences if it offered support to Russia.
He told CNN: “We are communicating directly, privately to Beijing, that there will absolutely be consequences for large-scale sanctions-busting efforts or support for Russia to fill them.”
Loud explosions were heard in Kyiv on Monday as an apartment was hit in one of the city’s suburbs. More than 2,500 civilians in Mariupol have died, according to Ukrainian officials.
Many remain in the city without electricity, water and heat as the fourth round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators has been suspended until Tuesday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said “difficult talks” were underway with Russia.
“The difficult talks continue. Everyone is waiting for news. Tonight we will report the result,” he said in a video message.
One person died and six others were injured in the Obolon district of kyiv after an attack on a building.
“Rescuers who arrived at the scene found that following enemy shelling between five and ten-story residential buildings, a fire broke out in two apartments on the third and fourth floors of a 5-story residential building. floors,” the emergency services said. .
Meanwhile, NATO amassed 30,000 troops and 50 warships near the Russian border for military exercises, risking Mad Vlad’s rage.
The drill, named Cold Response, kicked off today in Norway amid escalating tensions between Russia and the West over the invasion of Ukraine.
We communicate directly, privately to Beijing, that there will absolutely be consequences for large-scale sanctions-busting efforts or support for Russia to fulfill them.
The exercise includes 30,000 soldiers from more than 25 countries in Europe and North America, 200 aircraft and 50 ships.
NATO’s biggest exercise, taking place a few miles from the Russian border, was planned long before Moscow invaded Ukraine, but its importance has now been heightened.
“This exercise is extremely important for the security of Norway and its allies. We will practice an allied reinforcement of Norway,” Norwegian Defense Minister Odd Roger Enoksen said.
“It is not taking place because of the Russian authorities’ attack on Ukraine, but given the context, there is heightened significance.”
The purpose of the exercise is to test how Norway and members of the Alliance would work together on land, in the air and at sea in accordance with Article 5 of the NATO Charter, which requires member states to come to the aid of another Member State under attack. .
“I find it completely normal, perhaps now more than ever, to train together to demonstrate our ability and our will to defend our values and our way of life,” said General Yngve Odlo, Head of State. -Norwegian Joint Major and Head of Cold Response. .
The Norwegian Armed Forces said it provided detailed information to the Russians, including the Russian Defense Ministry, saying it was essential to avoid misunderstandings and unnecessary conflict.
Russia has refused to observe the exercise, which takes place every two years and is due to end on April 1.
And even though it was predicted months ago, it’s bound to infuriate the Russian dictator who may have ‘roid rage’ potentially caused by cancer treatment.
Western spies have speculated that Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine may have been triggered by his physical condition, as he appears “ashy and puffy” in recent photos released by the Kremlin.
“ROID RAGE” SPECULATION
They think he has a brain condition, such as Parkinson’s disease or a more generic form of dementia – or that he has cancer.
Another theory is that he suffers from “roid rage” due to long-term steroid use.
The side effects of the steroids include an increased risk of infection – which they believe could explain his paranoia about catching Covid.
What’s going on between Russia and Ukraine?
RUSSIA and Ukraine have technically remained at war since 2014.
Ukraine was aligned with Russia as part of the Soviet Union until its collapse in 1991, after which it became an independent state.
The two nations remained closely linked – but Ukraine gradually began to distance itself, seeking to deepen its ties with the West.
The open conflict was sparked by the Ukrainian revolution in 2014 – when an uprising toppled the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych.
Vladimir Putin’s forces responded by annexing the Crimea region to Ukraine – a move widely condemned by the West.
The conflict then escalated when pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine then took up arms against the state.
Russia supported separatist forces which formed breakaway republics in Donetsk and Luhansk.
Putin’s forces then launched a military incursion into these regions in support of the rebels.
Russia continues to hold Crimea – and claims the region joined them voluntarily after a referendum.
Almost seven years have now passed and the war in Donbass remains at an impasse.
It is estimated that around 14,000 people have been killed in the conflict, including more than 3,000 civilians.
Ukraine and the rebels signed a new ceasefire in July 2020 – but clashes have escalated since last November.