Biden says he warned Xi that violating Russia sanctions would be a ‘huge mistake’

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President Biden said in a new interview that he told Chinese President Xi Jinping it would be a “huge mistake” to violate sanctions against Russia around the time Moscow started its war in Ukraine.

Biden called Xi earlier this year after the latter met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing during the Olympics, Biden told Scott Pelley, according to excerpts from an interview with TBEN’s “60 Minutes” airing Sunday night.

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“I said, ‘If you think that Americans and others will continue to invest in China based on violating the sanctions imposed on Russia, then I think you are making a huge mistake, but that is your decision to make. ‘” said Biden.

The call was “not to threaten the Chinese president,” but to warn of the consequences of violating the sanctions, Biden noted.

“So far there is no indication that they have brought forward weapons or anything else that Russia wanted,” Biden said of China.

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The US has imposed escalating sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine, including a ban on Russian energy imports and the blacklisting of Putin and his family and allies.

US-China relations are also fraught amid tensions over Taiwan’s independence and China’s treatment of its Uyghur ethnic minority.

Putin told the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Uzbekistan on Friday that he and Xi “discussed what we should do in the current circumstances to effectively counter illegal restrictions from the West,” according to The The Bharat Express News.

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But Biden, in his “60 Minutes” interview, rejected suggestions that a warming relationship between Xi and Putin could usher in a “new, more complicated Cold War”.

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