German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has warned of “ramifications” if China sends weapons to Russia for the ongoing war in Ukraine.
In an interview with a private news agency, Scholz expressed optimism that Beijing would abstain from doing so. Ahead of his recent trip to the US, Scholz had urged China to use its influence to convince Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine instead of providing arms and ammunition.
US officials have warned that China could begin aiding Moscow. When asked if he could envision imposing sanctions on China if it provided assistance, Scholz responded, “I think it would have consequences,” without specifying their nature. However, he expressed confidence that the request would be successful and urged caution. Germany has Europe’s largest economy, while China has been its biggest trading partner in recent years.