(Republicaninformer.com)- What is right now a war that’s isolated between the two nations of Ukraine and Russia could easily turn into World War III if China decides to jump in the fray and support Russia in its efforts.
That’s what Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, said on Monday. He made those comments to Die Welt, a German newspaper. He said:
“For us, it is important that China does not support the Russian Federation in this war. In fact, I would like it to be on our side. At the moment, however, I don’t think it’s possible. But, I do see an opportunity for China to make a pragmatic assessment of what is happening here. Because if China allies itself with Russia, there will be a world war, and I do think that China is aware of that.”
Zelensky made those comments to the media outlet on the same day that President Joe Biden traveled to Ukraine for a surprise visit, during which he pledged that the U.S. would be sending $500 million more in aid to Ukraine, while beefing up sanctions they’ve placed on Russia.
That $500 million in aid is in addition to the $30 billion worth of munitions and weapons as well as $50 million worth of humanitarian aid the country has already sent to Ukraine.
Referring to this, Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, commented Monday:
“It is the United States and not China that is endlessly shipping weapons to the battlefield. We urge the United States to earnestly reflect on its own actions, and do more to alleviate the situation, promote peace and dialogue, and stop shifting blame and spreading false information.”
Tensions between the U.S. and China are already high enough that America doesn’t need the war in Ukraine to add any more fuel to the fire.
CNN reported recently that Antony Blinken, the secretary of state, spoke with Wang Yi, the foreign policy official in China, on Saturday while attending the Munich Security Conference. CNN reported that Yi didn’t offer an apology for the surveillance balloon that China sent over the U.S., which Blinken called “unacceptable.”
The Daily Mail reported that during that conversation, Blinken “warned” his Chinese counterpart of “consequences should his country wade into the ongoing conflict” that’s happening in Ukraine. Blinken said that China needs to not provide any military weapons to Russia.
Reports are also suggesting that Russia is trying to expand its war efforts to other Ukrainian neighbors. Zelensky said as much when speaking to Die Welt, saying he had a conversation with Maia Sandu, the president of Moldova, informing her that Russia was in the midst of planning a coup in her country.
“Maia Sandu never asked me for help, but she thanked me for the information. She knows our situation very well. Ukraine will always be ready to help Moldova.”