British defence minister Grant Shapps accused China on Wednesday of providing or preparing to provide Russia with lethal aid for use by Moscow in its war against Ukraine.

Shapps told a conference in London that U.S. and British defence intelligence had evidence that “lethal aid is now, or will be, flowing from China to Russia and into Ukraine, I think it is a significant development”.

Shapps did not provide evidence to support his assertion.

“We should be concerned about that because in the earlier days of this war China would like to present itself as a moderating influence on” Russian President Vladimir Putin, he added.

The Chinese Embassy in the U.S. said last month it had not provided weaponry, adding that it is “not a producer of or party involved in the Ukraine crisis.” The Chinese embassy in London did not immediately respond to a request for comment.