World Russian Official Warns Conflict Between China, U.S. Would 'Exterminate All Mankind'
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Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov doesn't see war breaking out between China, Russia and the U.S., but if it did, it would "exterminate all mankind."
As the United States' relationship with Russia and China deteriorated, the two countries grew closer. Russia and China have denied that there are any current plans for a military alliance, although both have kept the door open to the possibility of one, raising concerns that a pact between Moscow and Beijing could disrupt the world order.
9 Canadian Officials Barred From Entering Russia in Retaliation for Earlier Sanctions
Russia stands open for "the development of our ties on the basis of mutual respect and with the emphasis on cooperation in areas such as the Arctic issues, relations between regions and business ties where our interests objectively converge," said a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry.The sanctions on Canadian officials include Canada's Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Lametti and the country's police commissioner Brenda Lucki. Canada's prior restrictions on Russian officials were over their alleged involvement in Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's imprisonment.
Denisov told the Global Times, a Chinese state-run outlet, that he wouldn't answer the hypothetical question as to whether Russia would back China in a war with the U.S.
"I am convinced that there will be no armed conflict between China and the U.S., just as there will be no armed conflict between Russia and the U.S. because such a conflict would exterminate all mankind, and then there would be no point in taking sides," Denisov said.
Russian Presidentsaid in October 2020 that it was "quite possible to imagine" a military alliance between Russian and China, but that it was unnecessary at the time. The two countries have participated in war games and Russia has shared sensitive military technologies with China.
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In his first in-depth conversation with a U.S. media outlet, the Polish prime minister expressed frustration with President Biden's energy policy, offered a nuanced view of China and stressed the need to push back on Big Tech.Newsweek Opinion Editor Josh Hammer and Polish-American journalist Matthew Tyrmand sat down in Warsaw with Prime Minister Morawiecki on May 27. A member of the national conservative Law and Justice party, Morawiecki has served as prime minister of the Republic of Poland since December 11, 2017.
Chinese officials are also potentially open to forming a military alliance with Russia and in January, foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said there is "no limit" to "how far this cooperation can go."
Denisov noted that in light of the current "international situation and major issues," Russia's position is "clearly much closer to China's." The U.S. imposed sanctions on both countries with the alleged "goal" of "crushing the competitor," he added.
"We clearly cannot accept such an attitude from the U.S. We hope that the Russia-China-U.S. 'tripod' will keep balance," Denisov said.
The Biden administration has expelled diplomats and imposed a number of sanctions on Russia for its alleged hacking of federal agencies and interference in the presidential election. The consequences are meant to deter future attacks, and Russia has pushed back on the sanctions with diplomatic consequences of its own.
Biden’s First International Test: Can He Save Ukraine From Putin?
For many in Ukraine, the summit between Biden and Putin on June 16 has taken on a quasi-mythical quality. They fear it will be reminiscent of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact where Germany and the Soviet Union carved up Eastern Europe between them. “This is another meeting where the U.S. and Russia will divide the world between them,” said one alarmed Kyiv resident, Slava, 32. “I just hope that Ukraine will still be a free country.
The upcoming meeting between Putin and U.S. Presidentmarks a potential turn for the better and both countries are looking to improve their relationship. However, that's easier said than done.
Biden, who once agreed that Putin was a "killer," is expected to raise concerns about Alexey Navalny, a jailed chief political rival to Putin, as well as other dissidents. It's also possible that Putin and Biden could get into the topic of Russians engaging in cyberattacks in the United States. Recent attacks believed to be the work of Russian hackers disrupted America's gasoline distribution and meat production.
During an interview withNews, Putin denied his government had anything to do with the cyber attacks and accused the U.S. of engaging in "unfounded accusations" that aren't backed by evidence.
Denisov said the meeting is likely to "resolve important issues" between the two countries, but the goal is to set conditions for resolving future problems. Despite tension-reducing measures being welcomed by the Russians, Denisov denied it would have an impact on its relationship with China.
"This view is too short-sighted. It can't happen. I think we're smarter than what the Americans think," Denisov said when asked if easing tensions between the U.S. and Russia would "alienate" Russia from China.
Foreign policy experts divided on whether Putin-Biden summit emboldened China .
Some top foreign policy experts have warned that the U.S.-Russia summit may not have only been a perceived win for Russian President Vladimir Putin, but could have actually emboldened China. The White House this week rejected the argument that the U.S. gained little diplomatic or national security advantages following the highly anticipated Geneva summit. "I just don’t buy the argument which says this was not worth it for the United States," National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on CNN. "As President Biden himself said, he did what he came to do and I think America’s come out better for it.