US tells allies China signalled openness to providing Russia with military support

Monday - 14/03/2022 22:58
Moscow requested equipment including surface-to-air missiles, according to diplomatic cables
Jake Sullivan, US national security adviser, raised the issue during a meeting with Yang Jiechi, China’s top foreign policy official © AP
Jake Sullivan, US national security adviser, raised the issue during a meeting with Yang Jiechi, China’s top foreign policy official © AP

The US has told allies that China signalled its willingness to provide military assistance after Russia requested equipment including surface-to-air missiles to support its invasion of Ukraine, according to officials familiar with American diplomatic cables on the exchange.

Two officials familiar with the content of the cables said Washington had told allies that Russia had asked China for five types of equipment, including the surface-to-air missiles. The other categories were drones, intelligence-related equipment, armoured vehicles, and vehicles used for logistics and support.

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