German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has reiterated his call for China to refrain from sending arms to Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine. He also said that there would be “consequences” if the suggestion was ignored.
Scholz’s comments came just two days after he met with President Joe Biden in Washington. They were also preceded by warnings from US officials that China could become more involved in the war by providing Moscow with guns and ammunition.
“I think there will be consequences, but we are now at a stage where we are making it clear that this should not happen, and I am relatively optimistic that we will be successful with our request in this case, but we will have to see.” But (it) and we have to be very, very careful,” Scholz said during an interview that aired Sunday.
The German chancellor did not elaborate on possible actions that could be taken by Germany, NATO or the European Union.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appeals to China to refrain from sending arms to Russia
During the interview, Scholz said he was quite optimistic that Beijing would refrain from providing the weapon. He has also urged Beijing to pressure Moscow to withdraw its troops from Ukraine.
Scholz has since returned to Germany, where he and his cabinet met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday. After the meeting, they talked more about possible arms deliveries.
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During a press conference, a reporter inquired whether he had seen concrete evidence from the US that China was considering alternatives and whether Germany would send arms if it imposed sanctions on China, its largest trading partner in recent years. should go.
The German Chancellor replied: “We all agree that there should be no arms deliveries, and the Chinese government has said it will not make any deliveries. That is what we are demanding and we are looking into it.”
He did not elaborate further or directly answer questions on sanctions.
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The President of the European Commission also spoke out and said that he had not seen evidence of China providing arms to Russia, but would continue to monitor the situation.
Von der Leyen said, “We should see it every day.”
He added that the idea that the EU could impose sanctions “is a hypothetical question that can only be answered if it becomes a reality and a fact.”
Iran has provided weapons and drones to Russia while several European countries and the US have aided Ukraine, supplying the country with tanks and aircraft.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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