In light of Pelosi’s anticipated travel to Taiwan, a spokesman for Putin accused the US of “provoking” China.

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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, claimed on Tuesday that China had been “provoked” by the United States, amid rumors that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan on her trip to the area this week.

Whether she travels there or not, Peskov told Russian reporters, “We can now state unambiguously that everything about this tour and the potential visit to Taiwan has a provocative character. “Russia is completely united with China.”

Peskov made his remarks as Pelosi, who had just visited Singapore, arrived in Malaysia for the next phase of her Asian tour.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accompanies Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the U.S. Capitol March 30, 2022, in Washington.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, on March 30, 2022, in Washington. Getty Images/Win McNamee

Although the Biden administration made it clear on Monday that the U.S. would “not be intimidated” by China’s “saber-rattling” after facing harsh criticism from Beijing, neither Pelosi’s office nor the White House have announced that she will be visiting Taiwan.

Pelosi said in a statement on Tuesday that she will speak with Malaysian authorities about “security issues, economic opportunities, and governance goals,” though Taipei was not directly addressed.

Pelosi is scheduled to land in Taipei Tuesday night, according to Taiwanese local media.

The highest-ranking elected American official to visit Taiwan in more than 25 years, Pelosi, would be making the trip amid escalating tension with Beijing. Tuesday morning, White House Security Advisor Jake Sullivan was questioned on whether Pelosi would be making the trip amid this.

He said on NBC’s Today show, “I cannot confirm that because the Speaker makes her own decisions concerning her trip.”

Sullivan noted that House Speakers have previously visited Taiwan and that numerous members of Congress traveled to Taipei earlier this year. He claimed that the United States still adheres to the one-China policy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, June 5, 2019.

On June 5, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping shook hands in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Evgenia Novozhenina/REUTERS/Pool

“It is on China to attempt to inflame a situation that is historically normal or to exploit it as justification for aggressive action toward Taiwan. They would be the ones raising the stakes, “Added he. “Escalation is not in the interests of the United States.”

As Moscow seeks to strengthen its connections with China in the face of deteriorating geopolitical relations with the West as a result of its war in Ukraine, Russia has been involved in the difficult relations between Washington and Beijing.

According to Peskov, “the U.S. has chosen the route of escalation and are escalating the situation instead of treating China’s position with understanding.” Nothing constructive will result from it.

Rebekah Koffler, a former intelligence officer in Russian doctrine and strategy for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), said on Fox News that the debate surrounding Pelosi’s rumored travel serves Putin’s interests by drawing attention away from the West’s involvement in Moscow’s conflict in Ukraine.

She claimed that Putin was delighted by Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan because it was developing into a potentially dangerous diplomatic standoff between China and the United States. “This tour puts Washington in a position where it must deal with two nuclear nations at once, both of which see the United States as their sworn enemy.”

This handout photo taken and released by Malaysias Department of Information, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, center, tours the parliament house in Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, pictured in the middle of this handout photo obtained and made public by Malaysia’s Department of Information, explores the parliament building in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. (AP) via Malaysia’s Department of Information

According to Koffler, the tension surrounding her visit also gives Putin the opportunity to openly support China once more, whom he “in reality considers as a competitor at best.”

Putin is attentively observing whether the U.S. would finally go through with Pelosi’s visit, she continued, in order to gauge Washington’s risk tolerance and Biden’s resolve.

Reporter Caitlin McFall works for Fox News Digital. Her email address is caitlin.mcfall@fox.com, and her Twitter handle is @ctlnmcfall.

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