China calls for reports of Sino-Russian coordination over false news in Ukraine

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin attends a press conference in Beijing, China, November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that reports of Chinese and Russian coordination ahead of Russia’s attack on Ukraine were “fake news”.

Such distraction and blaming practices are “despicable,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular media briefing.

The New York Times, citing Biden administration officials and a European official who cited a Western intelligence report, reported that senior Chinese officials had asked senior Russian officials in early February not to invade Ukraine before the end of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Read more

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“The New York Times report is pure false news,” spokesman Wang said.

He went on to list and quote US public figures, including former diplomat George Kennan and former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, who have spoken out against the expansion of NATO, the transatlantic defense alliance that Russia claims threatens its security. interests.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokespeople have repeatedly refused to describe Russia’s attack on Ukraine as an “invasion” while calling on Western countries to respect Russia’s “legitimate security concerns.”

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(Reporting by Eduardo Baptista) Writing by Ryan Wu. Editing by Raisa Kasulowski

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