VLADIMIR PUTIN warned the UK that Russia could sink its ships without sparking a global conflict in a furious rant last year.
Concerns over the situation in Ukraine are growing as US intelligence claims Russia has asked China for military assistance. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that Washington was watching closely to see to what extent Beijing provided economic or material support to Russia, and would impose consequences if that occurred. He told CNN: “We are communicating directly, privately to Beijing, that there will absolutely be consequences for large-scale sanctions evasion efforts or support to Russia to back-fill them. “We will not allow that to go forward and allow there to be a lifeline to Russia from these economic sanctions from any country, anywhere in the world.”