Jens Stoltenberg said the military bloc will “address the role of China” at an upcoming summit
Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference ahead of a NATO summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 23, 2022 © AP / Olivier Matthys
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Wednesday that China has lent its support to Russia by spreading “lies and misinformation” about the conflict in Ukraine.
Stoltenberg said that the alliance will call on China to stand against Russia but Beijing is unlikely to listen.“Beijing has joined Moscow in questioning the right of independent nations to choose their own path,” Stoltenberg told a press conference on Wednesday, ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday. “China has provided Russia with political support, including by spreading blatant lies and misinformation,” Stoltenberg continued.
It is unclear which examples of “lies and misinformation” Stoltenberg was referring to, though China has joined Russia in condemning US-funded biological labs activity in Ukraine. US officials have denied claims that Ukrainian research labs were working on biological weapons, contradicting documents published by Russia. However, American officials did confirm the labs’ existence.