The Kremlin has declined to comment on CNN reporting that China is considering providing drones and ammunition to Russia for use in the Ukraine war.
“I don't see the need to comment. This information was refuted by the Chinese side,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told CNN during a regular press briefing on Monday.
Pressed further if Moscow had asked China for military equipment and aid, Peskov repeated that “all this information as a whole was refuted by the Chinese side” and he had nothing to add.
CNN reported Friday that the US has intelligence that negotiations between Russia and China are ongoing around the price and scope of equipment to be supplied, but Beijing has not made a final decision yet.
The US is “confident” that China is considering sending lethal equipment to Russia, according to CIA director William Burns.
Separately, Peskov said Moscow paid “great attention” to a “peace plan” proposed by China, but so far there are none of the necessary conditions for peace in Ukraine.
“At the moment, we do not see any prerequisites for the transition of this whole situation into a peaceful direction,” Peskov said.
“The special military operation continues, we are moving towards achieving the goals that were set,” he added.