"You will have to ask the PRC whether they have used their own considerable influence with the Russian Federation to that end," Mr Price said at a press briefing.
The Ukraine-Russia crisis is posing a major challenge for China on many fronts. The ever-closer diplomatic relationship between Russia and China could be seen at the Winter Games with Mr Putin coming to Beijing as one of only a handful of known world leaders to attend. Significantly, Mr Putin waited until just after the Games were over to recognise the two breakaway regions of Ukraine and send in troops to back them. In its public pronouncements, the Chinese government has urged all sides to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine. But now that Russia has dispensed with all such restraint, where does that leave China's official position as clashes escalate?