China is concerned about the failure of the Russian invasion of Ukraine because it affects its plans for Taiwan. Director of the Central Intelligence Agency William Burns said this on the American public television program PBS. Voice of America.
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“I don’t think any other foreign leader has paid as much attention to this war and Russia’s poor military results as Xi Jinpingwhen he thinks about his own ambitions in Taiwan and elsewhere,” Burns said.
According to him, “it was interesting to observe the reaction of the Chinese leadership to the war in Ukraine,” because a few weeks before the start of the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met at the Beijing Winter Olympics and proclaimed “boundless friendship”.
But the limits of that partnership emerged within weeks – Beijing is not supplying weapons to Russia for use in the war against Ukraine, Burns said.
Asked what CIA leadership is most worried about in this conflict, Burns said it was the Kremlin’s nuclear rhetoric.
“I think there was a very dangerous nuclear saber-rattling that Putin and others around him are doing,” the CIA chief said, adding that he met with the head of Russian intelligence for this conversation. Sergei Naryshkin.
Burns said Moscow is trying to intimidate the West, but he insists that at present, US intelligence “sees no clear evidence of plans to use tactical nuclear weapons.”
“We have made it very clear, the president has made it very clear to the Russians what serious risks this will have. I think it was also very helpful that Xi Jinping and the Indian prime minister also expressed their concerns about the use of nuclear weapons. I think that it also affects the Russians,” Burns said.
- Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense Kirill Budanov said that China does not supply Russia with anything other than household goods.
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