Another important topic facing the Western alliance is how to manage China, the world’s second-largest economy and Russia’s authoritarian partner.
Beijing has Refused to condemn Putin’s war Or support Western sanctions. So far, Washington’s main goal has been to ensure that the Chinese do not actively interfere in the Kremlin, whether by bailout the Russian economy or even sending weapons.
Sullivan said there was no indication that China was providing military aid after President Xi Jinping had a nearly two-hour phone call with Biden last Friday.
“It’s something we’re watching closely,” he said.
“Tough days ahead”
“The president will definitely be consulting on China’s possible involvement in the Ukraine conflict while he’s in Brussels. He’ll do that in NATO,” Sullivan said.
“When he addresses the 27 leaders of the EU, he will do the same, because on April 1, the EU is holding a summit with China,” he added.
“We believe we are very aligned with our European partners.”
Although Ukrainian troops armed with Western arms have successfully resisted most of the Russian offensive, Sullivan cautioned against any assumptions of a quick end to the war or Moscow’s withdrawal.
“Ukraine is going to have tough days, the toughest for Ukrainian troops on the front lines and civilians under Russian bombing,” he said. “This war will not end easily or quickly.”