NATO has warned Beijing not to supply Moscow with weapons
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today warned Beijing not to supply Moscow with weapons while the leaders of Russia and China are holding talks in Moscow.
"We have not seen any evidence that China is supplying Russia with lethal weapons, but we have seen some signs that this is a request from Russia and that this is an issue that the Chinese authorities are considering in Beijing," Stoltenberg told a press conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels. .
- China should not provide lethal aid to Russia, that would mean supporting an illegal war, he added.
The Russian and Chinese presidents Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin и Xi Jinping Today, talks began in the Kremlin, at a summit specifically dedicated to the conflict in Ukraine and the increasingly close bilateral relations between Beijing and Moscow. Yesterday they already had an "informal" meeting that lasted more than four hours.
Stoltenberg also said at the press conference that seven of the 30 NATO countries met last year's goal of allocating two percent of GDP to defense, calling on the allies to strengthen defense investments more quickly.
He did not mention the countries in question, but referred the journalists to NATO's annual report, published today.
"There is no doubt that we have to do more and we have to do it faster." The pace we have when it comes to increasing defense spending is not high enough, Stoltenberg said. "In a more dangerous world, we must invest more in defense," he added.
At a summit in Wales in 2014, NATO leaders agreed to spend at least two percent of their GDP on defense within ten years.