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China Denies Russia Has Asked for Military Assistance in Ukraine

China has denied reports that Russia asked Beijing for military support in its war with Ukraine, accusing the U.S. of “spreading disinformation” with the claims.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, during the Tsinghua Universitys ceremony, at Friendship palace on April 26, 2019 in Beijing. China has denied reports that Russia had asked for military assistance since launching its invasion of Ukraine.
© Kenzaburo Fukuhara – Pool/Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Chinese

 President Xi Jinping, right, during the Tsinghua University’s ceremony, at Friendship palace on April 26, 2019 in Beijing. China has denied reports that Russia had asked for military assistance since launching its invasion of Ukraine.The Chinese Foreign Ministry dismissed the allegations that Russia had asked China for drones and financial assistance to assist with its invasion in a statement to state-run news service China Global Television Network (CGTN).

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The claims were first reported in The Financial Times and The Washington Post, as well as other news outlets such as CNN.

In a tweet, CGTN said: “The U.S. is spreading disinformation about China on the Ukraine Crisis, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in response to U.S. allegations that Russia has requested military assistance from China, adding that China is willing to play a constructive role in promoting negotiations.”

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In a statement to Reuters, Liu Pengyu, spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in the U.S., also said that he had “never heard” of the claims that Moscow had asked Beijing for military equipment and economic assistance.