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Newsline: Chinese embassy in London denies U.S. claim that Russia asked for help in Ukraine

China denied on Tuesday claims by U.S. officials that Russia had sought military assistance in Ukraine and accused Washington of spreading “malicious disinformation” that risked escalating the conflict. “The U.S. has repeatedly spread malicious disinformation against China on the Ukraine issue,” the Chinese embassy in London told Reuters in a statement. “China has been playing a constructive role in promoting peace talks,” it added. (https://www.investing.com/news/world-news/china-denies-us-claim-that-russia-asked-for-help-in-ukraine-2784601) Several U.S. officials said Russia had asked China for military equipment after its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, sparking concern in the White House that Beijing might undermine Western efforts to help Ukrainian forces defend their country. The Kremlin denied any such request had been made.

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