Canberra warned it will move ‘in lockstep’ with allies to punish Beijing over any military support it might give to Moscow
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said China would face consequences if it backs Russia’s attack on Ukraine, arguing such a move would be an “abomination” while hinting at new international sanctions for Beijing.
Asked whether any penalties were in store for China over its refusal to condemn the ongoing Russian assault, the PM told reporters that Australia would join with allies in sanctioning the country.
“We will move in lockstep with our partners and allies on these issues, and the United States has made some very clear statements about this and we support those statements,” he said on Wednesday, calling on “the whole world” to “put an end to this terrible violence and aggression by Russia in Ukraine.”
Morrison went on to argue that Beijing must be “very transparent” about its ties to Moscow, including “when it comes to throwing them an economic lifeline during this global crisis” and “potentially what, if any, support has been discussed for military support for Russia,” adding the latter decision “would be an abomination.”