London accused Beijing of providing "lethal aid" to Moscow

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British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps on Wednesday accused China of providing or preparing to provide Russia with lethal aid for use in its war against Ukraine, reports Reuters.

Western countries have provided Ukraine with billions of dollars in arms and aid since Russia launched its full-scale invasion in 2022. Britain has for the first time accused China of working to supply Russia with weapons for use in Ukraine.

Shapps told a conference in London that US and British defense intelligence had evidence that "now, either lethal aid is flowing from China into Russia and into Ukraine, I think that is a significant development".

Shapps provided no evidence to support his claim. But he said there has been a 64 percent increase in trade between the countries since Ukraine began and "they are covering their backs."

"We should be concerned about that because in the earlier days of this war, China would like to present itself as a moderating influence on Russian President Vladimir Putin," he added.

The Chinese embassy in London did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Shapps' remarks. China is supporting Russia's military effort in Ukraine by providing Moscow with drone and missile technology, satellite imagery and machine tools, senior US officials said last month.

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