China urged Russia not to invade Ukraine before Olympics end, says a Western intelligence report quoted by The New York Times.
The same source indicates that Chinese officials had information about Russia’s plans or intentions to attack before the invasion began. Vladimir Putin met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on February 4, before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
According to a Western intelligence report, Chinese officials in early February urged senior Russian officials to wait until the end of the Beijing Olympics before an invasion of Ukraine began, US officials said on Wednesday.
U.S. officials say the report is broadly credible, but its details are open to interpretation, according to a source quoted by CNN.
Although the request was made during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games – where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping – it is not clear from the report whether Putin addressed the issue directly with Xi, the source said.
Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington, retorted: “The claims mentioned in the relevant reports are baseless speculation and are intended to defame China.”