China has right to take measures to protect ‘sovereignty’: Moscow

This handout picture taken and released by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on August 2, 2022 shows Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi posing with her delegation upon their arrival at Sungshan Airport in Taipei. (Photo by Handout / Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) / AFP) 


MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Moscow said Tuesday that ally China had every right to take measures to protect its sovereignty and called US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit a “clear provocation”.

“The Chinese side has the right to take necessary measures to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity over the Taiwan issue,” the Russian foreign ministry said. Moscow called Pelosi’s visit “a clear provocation” aimed at containing China.

China’s military said it would “launch a series of targeted military actions in response” to Pelosi’s visit.

“We urge Washington to refrain from actions that undermine regional stability and international security and recognize the new geopolitical reality, in which there is no longer room for American hegemony,” the Russian foreign ministry said.

Earlier Tuesday Russia expressed full solidarity with China.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Pelosi’s visit was leading to an “increase in tension” in the region and accused Washington of choosing “the path of confrontation”.

“We want to emphasise once again that we are absolutely in solidarity with China, its attitude towards the problem is understandable and absolutely justified.”

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 17, 2020, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov sits in front of a screen displaying Russian President Vladimir Putin addressing his annual press conference via a video link from the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, at the World Trade Centre’s congress centre in Moscow. – Russia would only use nuclear weapons in the context of the Ukraine conflict if it were facing an “existential threat,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN International on March 22, 2022. (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also accused the United States of being provocative over the potential visit.

“Washington is bringing destabilisation to the world. Not a single resolved conflict in recent decades, but many provoked ones,” she said on social media.

Faced with unprecedented sanctions over its military intervention in pro-Western Ukraine, Russia has sought closer ties with China.

Pelosi, second in line to the presidency, is the highest-profile elected US official to visit the island of Taiwan in 25 years and Beijing has made clear that it regards her presence as a major provocation, setting the region on edge.

China considers self-ruled, democratic Taiwan its territory.

Moscow’s assault on Ukraine has heightened fears that Beijing might similarly follow through on threats to annex its much smaller and outgunned neighbour.


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