Moscow is in discussions with a Chinese drone manufacturer about providing it with self-exploding drones that may be used in Ukraine.
The publication claimed to have obtained evidence showing that the Russian military is in talks with the Chinese company Xi’an Bingo Intelligent Aviation Technologies to construct these drones on a massive scale for Moscow.
The Chinese manufacturer has consented to construct and test 100 ZT-180 prototype drones before shipping them to Russia by April 2023.
According to reports, each drone can transport 35 to 50 kilograms of explosives.
Bingo is supposedly going to take it a step further and ship parts and expertise to Russia so that the drones may be made there.
The Chinese foreign ministry declined to provide Russia with weapons but did not answer the specific accusation regarding drones when contacted by Spiegel.
Nonetheless, it emphasized that the US and other NATO members constitute “the largest supply of weaponry for the combat in Ukraine.”
As the crisis approaches its one-year milestone on Friday, the United States accused China on Sunday of considering arming Russia in its war against Ukraine, escalating tensions.
According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, China is now “considering supplying lethal support” to Moscow, including “ammunition and the actual weapons.”