White House Spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre stated that they did not see China providing arms aid to Russia, but did not say that the Chinese side had removed this option from the table.
Jean-Pierre made evaluations on the agenda and answered questions at the daily press conference.
To the question about the rumours that China could give weapons to Russia for the war in Ukraine, Jean-Pierre said, “We have not yet seen China doing this and I certainly do not have any information I can give you on this issue. However, they did not say that this option was off the table.”
Jean-Pierre stated that they will continue to monitor developments on this issue and that they are clear about what the consequences will be if such support is provided to Russia against their Chinese counterparts.
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In response to a question on the allegations that the US sent military troops to Taiwan, Jean-Pierre said, “Our support to Taiwan in defence relations is consistent with the threat posed by the People’s Republic of China and consistent with our ‘one China’ policy. This has not changed.”
Jean-Pierre referred journalists to the Ministry of Defence for questions about the alleged “military contingent in Taiwan”.
Comprehensive sanctions will be imposed on Russia
Jean-Pierre reported that tomorrow President Joe Biden will hold a video meeting with G7 leaders and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and that the meeting will coordinate support for Ukraine and efforts to hold Russia accountable for the war.
Jean-Pierre stated that the US will impose comprehensive sanctions against some Russian banks, defence and technology companies that provide income to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as third-party country actors who do not observe the sanctions, and that new energy, economic and security aid will be announced within the scope of support for Ukrainians.
Israeli attacks in Nablus
Jean-Pierre emphasised that they are closely following the developments regarding the Israeli attacks in Nablus and said, “We are extremely concerned about the ongoing violence.
Stating that they take this issue very seriously, the spokesperson called on the parties to take steps to reduce tensions in the West Bank.
Jean-Pierre stated that White House National Security Council Middle East Coordinator Brett McGurk is currently conducting diplomatic contacts in the Middle East and North Africa and will visit Egypt, Jordan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).