German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has issued a warning to China against the delivery of armaments to Russia, stating that such actions could result in “consequences” for bilateral relations between the two countries.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Chancellor Scholz said that any delivery of arms from China to Russia would be viewed as a violation of international law and could lead to negative consequences for China’s relationship with Germany and the European Union as a whole.
“Germany and the EU stand firmly against any actions that undermine the principles of international law and threaten the stability and security of the region,” said Scholz. “Any delivery of armaments to Russia by China would be a clear violation of these principles and could result in consequences for our bilateral relations.”
Scholz’s warning comes after reports surfaced that China is planning to deliver advanced S-400 missile systems to Russia. The S-400 is a highly advanced air defense system that can track and shoot down multiple targets simultaneously, making it a significant threat to NATO air forces.
Germany and the EU have long-standing concerns about Russia’s aggressive actions in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea region, including the annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The delivery of advanced military hardware from China to Russia could further escalate tensions in the region and threaten the security of NATO allies.
Chancellor Scholz did not specify what consequences China could face in the event of an arms delivery to Russia, but analysts suggest that economic sanctions or restrictions on trade and investment could be among the measures considered.
The German Chancellor’s warning also comes amid growing international concern over China’s expanding military capabilities and its aggressive stance towards its neighbors in the South China Sea.
As the world watches to see how China will respond to this latest warning from Germany, Chancellor Scholz’s statement serves as a reminder that the global community remains vigilant in defending international law and maintaining peace and stability in the face of growing threats.