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China sending 'lethal weapons to Russia' to destroy Ukraine


Lethal equipment is being flown from China to Russia for use in the war in Ukraine, Grant Shapps has said.

The Defence Secretary said UK and US intelligence undermines Beijing’s previous attempts to present itself as a moderating influence on Moscow.

Shapps used a speech at the London Defence Conference on Wednesday to reveal the “significant development” as he argued NATO needs to “wake up” and bolster defence spending alliance-wide.

He said: “Today I can reveal that we have evidence that Russia and China are collaborating on combat equipment for use in Ukraine.”

Shapps added: “US and British defence intelligence can reveal that lethal aid is now flying from China to Russia and into Ukraine.

“That recent visit we saw, the I think 64 percent increase in trade that we’ve seen between the two countries, reveals that there is actually a much deeper relationship there.

“And this is new intelligence which leads me to be able to declassify and reveal this fact today. I think it’s quite significant.”

The Defence Secretary said democratic states must make a “full-throated case” for freedoms that are dependent on the international order, meaning “we need more allies and partners” worldwide.

“It’s time for the world to wake up. And that means translating this moment to concrete plans and capabilities. And that starts with laying the foundations for an alliance-wide increase in spending on our collective deterrent,” he said.

It comes after President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin put on a strong show of unity during a meeting in Beijing earlier this month which was closely watched by western capitals.

The Chinese President said there should be a “political solution” to the conflict in Ukraine but did not give any details, despite calls including from Downing Street for him to urge Russia to “cease its illegal war”.

Beijing is a key supporter for Putin, who is widely regarded as a pariah after he ordered the invasion in 2022.

It continues to supply Moscow with key components that the Kremlin needs for its war machine, and its purchase of Russian oil and gas has helped boost the Russian economy.

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