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Beijing promised Zelensky not to sell weapons to Moscow

Biden gave Ukraine hope for more Patriot systems, he is against the use of long-range weapons on Russian territory

Jun 14, 2024 04:28 178

Chinese leader Xi Jinping told the Ukrainian president, that China will not sell weapons to Russia, Volodymyr Zelensky said at today's joint press conference with US President Joe Biden within the framework of the summit of the G7 countries in Italy, Reuters reported, quoted by BTA.< /p>

According to Zelensky, this happened during a telephone conversation between him and the Chinese leader. The Ukrainian president did not specify when the conversation with Xi Jinping took place.

US President Joe Biden gave Ukraine hope on the sidelines of the G7 summit that it will soon be able to boost its own air defenses with additional Patriot systems. from abroad, DPA reported, quoted by BTA.

Biden announced late last night at his press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Italy that five countries have already committed to supplying Patriot batteries. and other air defense systems.

The US has also notified countries to which it has promised such systems that they still have to wait.

"Everything we have will go to Ukraine until its needs are met," the US president said.

The US will then fulfill the commitments it has made to other countries.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky noted that their partners knew that Ukraine needed at least seven such systems. He stated that the possibility of obtaining five of them had been discussed and "partners are working on it".

The Patriot air defense missile system is one of the most modern in the world. It can be used against enemy aircraft, ballistic and cruise missiles.

At the same time, Biden said the US continues to not support Ukraine's use of long-range weapons on Russian territory.

The agency noted that Biden made the claim even after recently allowing Kiev to conduct limited strikes with short-range weapons just across the Russian border.

"It makes a lot of sense for Ukraine to be able to strike or fight what comes across that border. As for long-range weapons ... we have not changed our position on that," Biden said.