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Russia has Asked China for military equipment Support its invasion of Ukraine, according to U.S. sources, which has raised concerns in the White House that Beijing may undermine Western efforts to help Ukrainian forces defend their country.

U.S. officials said Russia had sought military equipment and other assistance since the beginning of the invasion, FT Demetrius Sevastopol reported. Officials declined to give details of what Russia had requested.

Another person familiar with the situation said the U.S. was preparing to warn its allies, amid some indications that China might be preparing to help Russia. Other U.S. officials said there were signs Russia was running out of weapons as the war in Ukraine extended to its third week.

The White House did not respond. Liu Pangio, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington, said he was unaware of any suggestions China might be willing to help Russia.

“China is very concerned and mourns the situation in Ukraine,” Liu said. “We very much hope that the situation will ease and peace will return early.”

The discovery comes when Jake Sullivan, the US National Security Adviser, travels to Rome Talks with Yang Jichi, China’s foreign policy official. The meeting is supposed to be the meeting between the US and China at the highest level since the Russian invasion began.

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