China Support for Russia Deeply Alarming: Pentagon
- US slammed China’s intentions to support Russia amidst Ukraine crisis.
- Sec Austin to fly to Brussels to resolve diplomacy through dialogue.
- China to support Russia, opposes expansion of NATO in Europe.
Washington: The United States said Monday it does not believe Russian leader Vladimir Putin has made a “final decision” on whether to invade Ukraine but he “could move with little or no warning.”
US Defence Secretary Llyod Austin plans to convene at the NATO headquarters in Brussels and Poland where the Pentagon decides to deploy 3,000 more troops and Lithuania. The United States said Monday it does not believe Russian leader Vladimir Putin has made a “final decision” on whether to invade Ukraine but he “could move with little or no warning.”
Citing the dramatic build-up of military forces around Ukraine, the White House on Monday announced to relocate its embassy in Kyiv to the western Ukrainian city Lviv.
The statement by the Biden administration came a week after, the Chinese President Xi Jinping backed off US and supported Russia over Ukraine and accused the US and its allies, including Australia, of increasing the risk of an arms race. Chinese President’s meet with his Russian counterpart on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics in Beijing marked a significant milestone in China-Russia relations.
In a joint statement, they opposed any expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Europe and said there were “no forbidden areas of co-operation”. The statement referenced a new relationship between the two powers that were “superior to political and military alliances of the Cold War-era”.