The Chinese government asked Russia, in early February, not to start the invasion of Ukraine before the end of the Winter Olympic Games that took place in China, reports The New York Times (NYT).
The daily, citing US sources and a European government source, says a Western intelligence report said senior Chinese officials asked their Russian counterparts in early February not to invade Ukraine before the end of the month. of the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, four days after the closing ceremony of the sporting event.
The information exchanged between members of the Chinese and Russian governments was collected by one of the intelligence services of a Western country, according to the sources, and shared at a high level during discussions on whether or not Russian President Vladimir Putin would attack Ukraine.