Posted 6 марта 2023,, 08:42

Published 6 марта 2023,, 08:42

Modified 6 марта 2023,, 08:57

Updated 6 марта 2023,, 08:57

Scholz stated that China promised him not to supply weapons to Russia, writes Poolitico

Scholz stated that China promised him not to supply weapons to Russia, writes Poolitico

6 марта 2023, 08:42
Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at a press conference in Meseberg that Berlin had received guarantees from Beijing that China "will not supply Russia with weapons during the conflict with Ukraine".

"We all agree that there should be no arms supplies to Moscow, and the Chinese government has stated that it will also not supply them to Russia", - the chancellor said, answering a question from a correspondent of the Politico newspaper.

Scholz also told CNN that if China did help Russia, it would have serious consequences for him. According to the head of the German government, he is optimistic and believes that Beijing will fulfill its promises. "In any case, we have to be very, very careful," Scholz said.

The statements of the German politician came as a complete surprise to the United States and Europe, since China has not publicly rejected the possibility of supplying weapons to Russia. International experts concluded that the German Chancellor apparently received "assurances from Beijing" through some kind of bilateral confidential channels.

EU Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrel told the media in an interview that China's chief diplomat Wang Yi promised him in a private conversation on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference that China "is not going to supply weapons to Moscow".

Speaking to reporters, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said after visiting the White House that the EU has not yet received "any evidence" from the United States that Beijing is considering providing military support to Moscow.