China asked Russia to wait for the end of the Winter Games to invade Ukraine: newspaper


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O presidente russo, Vladimir Putin, e o ditador chinês, Xi Jinping, em encontro pouco antes da abertura dos Jogos Olímpicos de Inverno de Pequim, no início de fevereiro

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese dictator Xi Jinping at a meeting just before the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics in early February| Photo: EFE/EPA/ALEXEI DRUZHININ/KREMLIN/SPUTNIK

The information was obtained by the New York Times from senior officials of the United States government and a European government.

According to the American newspaper, the collection of information was classified as confidential and exchanged between high-ranking officials in the governments of Joe Biden and allies as they discussed when Putin could attack Ukraine.

Although , it is not known at what level the request would have been made in the talks between Moscow and Beijing – it is not known, for example, whether dictator Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin spoke directly on the subject.

Before the opening of the Beijing Games, on February 4, the two leaders met in Beijing and released a document in which they reiterated an “unlimited” partnership between the two countries.

Chinese Embassy spokesperson in Washington, Liu Pengyu, told the New York Times that information about the request for delaying the invasion was “baseless speculation, with the aim of blaming and defaming China.”

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