The US and China are sending top aides to meet in Rome on Monday as tensions between the two countries mount over the Russia-Ukraine conflict and worries spread that the conflict will take even darker turns.

Iran PressAmerica: On February 24, Russia formally declared a special military operation against Ukraine, noting that its operation in Ukraine is not a start to the war, but an attempt to prevent a global war. 

As the war in Ukraine continues, global reactions to the event continue, and diplomatic pressure and international threats and sanctions against Russia are increasing. 

The US and China are sending top aides to meet in Rome on Monday amid mounting tensions between the two countries over the Russia-Ukraine war and as the US said Russia has asked China for military equipment to help press its campaign.

In advance of the talks, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan bluntly warned China to avoid helping Russia evade punishment from global sanctions that have hammered the Russian economy. “We will not allow that to go forward,” he said.

Russia's military operation in Ukraine has put China in a delicate spot with two of its biggest trading partners: the US and European Union. China needs access to those markets, yet it also has shown support for Moscow, joining with Russia in declaring a friendship with “no limits.”

In brief comments on the talks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian did not mention Ukraine, saying that the “key issue of this meeting is to implement the important consensus reached by the Chinese and U.S. heads of state in their virtual summit in November last year."

“They will exchange views on China-US relations and international and regional issues of common concern," Zhao said in comments posted on the ministry's website late Sunday. 219