onsdag 16. februar 2022

China Accuses U.S. of Hyping Up Threat of Russia Invading Ukraine

China has accused the United States of exaggerating Russia's military buildup and creating instability in Ukraine's society and economy in the process. Russia reported the partial withdrawal of troops near Ukraine and also concluded war games in occupied Crimea on Wednesday. But in an address from the White House, President Joe Biden said more than 150,000 Russian troops still encircle Ukraine.

Earlier this week, diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv were relocated amid fears that an attack could be imminent. China, meanwhile, has resisted similar moves and not voiced overt concerns about Moscow's actions. It has faced criticism from the Pentagon for its perceived "tacit support" of Russian military coercion against Ukraine.

"For days, the U.S. has been playing up the threat of war and creating an air of tension," China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told a regular press conference in Beijing. "This has gravely impacted the economy, social stability and people's lives in Ukraine, and obstructed dialogue and negotiations between the concerned parties."