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National security adviser to meet with China’s Yang Jiechi on Russia

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan will meet with senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi in Rome on Monday amid mounting tensions between the two countries over the Russia-Ukraine war. China has called for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine but has rejected sanctions against Russia. In advance of the talks, Sullivan bluntly warned China to avoid helping Russia evade punishment from global sanctions that have hammered the Russian economy. U.S. officials are also accusing China of spreading Russian disinformation that could be a pretext for chemical or biological weapons attacks launched by Vladimir Putin’s forces in Ukraine. Sullivan warned Sunday that Russia could be preparing to use chemical weapons in Ukraine, an act that would draw a “severe price.” 

Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman from the maternity hospital that was damaged by shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. The woman and her baby died after Russia bombed the maternity hospital where she was meant to give birth.

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