WASHINGTON: Senior Chinese officers informed senior Russian officers in early February not to invade Ukraine earlier than the top of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the New York Times reported, quoting Biden administration officers and a European official who cited a Western intelligence report.
The Times mentioned the intelligence report indicated senior Chinese officers had some stage of data about Russia’s plans or intentions to invade Ukraine earlier than Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the operation final week.
A supply accustomed to the matter confirmed to Reuters that China had made the request however declined to present particulars. The supply declined to be recognized due to the sensitivity of the matter.
“The claims mentioned in the relevant reports are speculations without any basis, and are intended to blame-shift and smear China,” mentioned Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington.
The US State Department, the CIA and the White House National Security Council didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
After weeks of warnings from Western leaders, Russia unleashed a three-pronged invasion of Ukraine from the north, east and south on Feb 24, simply days after the Olympics ended.
Putin and Chinese chief Xi Jinping met at first of the Olympics on Feb 4 and declared an upgraded “no limits” partnership by which they pledged to collaborate extra towards the West.
The New York Times mentioned the intelligence on the change between the Chinese and Russian officers was collected by a Western intelligence service and was thought of credible by officers reviewing it.