Joe Biden: There Will Be Sequences if China Provides Support to Russia
Joe Biden, the president of the USA,warned China’s president, Xi Jinping, in a phone call today that “implications and consequences” will follow if Beijing provides material support to Russia as it attacks Ukrainian cities and civilians, the White House said. “The Ukraine crisis is something that we don’t want to see,” Xi was quoted by Chinese media as saying to the US president.
In a statement, the White House said the phone call between the Chinese and American leaders, which lasted nearly two hours, focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
President Biden outlined the views of the United States and our Allies and partners on this crisis. President Biden detailed our efforts to prevent and then respond to the invasion, including by imposing costs on Russia.
He described the implications and consequences if China provides material support to Russia as it conducts brutal attacks against Ukrainian cities and civilians.
The President underscored his support for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis.
An earlier statement from the Chinese foreign ministry quoted Xi as telling Biden that conflicts and confrontations were in no-one’s interests.
In the meantime food supply chains in Ukraine were collapsing, with a portion of infrastructure destroyed and many grocery stores and warehouses now empty, a world food programme official warned. Jakob Kern, WFP emergency coordinator for the Ukraine crisis, also expressed concern about the situation in “encircled cities” such as Mariupol, saying supplies were running out and its convoys had not yet been able to enter the city.