The official, who asked not to be named, said in an interview with “Sky News Arabia”, that the Russian President Vladimir Putin need support China Before launching a large-scale military operation against Ukraine.
He added, “Therefore, indications say that Beijing may ask him to wait until the end of the international sporting event within its territory.”
The official recalled that “Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014 was decided after the end of the Winter Olympics, which were held at that time in the Russian city of Sochi.”
Washington had warned of “serious consequences” if Russia invaded Ukraine.
On Wednesday, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said that the United States will not make decisions regarding the Russian-Ukrainian crisis without Europe and Kiev.
After presiding over an extraordinary session of the strategic stability dialogue between Washington and Moscow, the deputy minister confirmed that “the United States and NATO assured Russia that they would not close the door to those who wish to join the alliance,” adding: “We made it clear to the Russians that military escalation does not create the ideal environment.” for diplomacy.
And Sherman added: “We hope that the Russian president will choose peace and security, and that Russia will move towards diplomacy, or else the consequences will be dire for them.”
On the other hand, the spokesman for the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) for Europe and NATO, Colonel Anthony Semmelroth, told reporters that the administration of the US President from the past I instructed to continue providing Kiev with defense equipment and supplies, in accordance with the “Washington’s initiative to assist Ukraine in security.”
In a non-photographed interview, Semmelroth added that the US military delegation, which visited Kiev last week, raised its recommendations regarding Ukraine’s military needs, especially missile defense systems, noting that “the content of these recommendations will remain confidential due to their security sensitivity.”
He said that The Pentagon It has provided $2.5 billion worth of military support, including weapons, training, and intelligence programs, to the Ukrainian military since 2014, including $450 million worth of military and combat assets in the last 10 months.
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