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

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Moscow said on Tuesday that allied China had every right to take steps to protect its sovereignty and called US President Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan a “clear provocation”.

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

The Chinese 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 to recognize the new geopolitical reality, in which there is no longer room for American hegemony,” the Russian ministry said. Foreign Affairs.

Earlier Tuesday, Russia expressed its full solidarity with China.

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

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

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also accused the United States of being provocative about the potential visit.

“Washington brings destabilization to the world. Not one resolved conflict in the last decades, but many provoked conflicts,” she said on social media.

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

Pelosi, second in line after the presidency, is the highest-profile US lawmaker to visit the island of Taiwan in 25 years and Beijing has made it clear it views his presence as a major provocation, putting the region on edge. .

China regards democratic and self-governing Taiwan as its territory.

Moscow’s assault on Ukraine has heightened fears that Beijing will follow through on threats to annex its much smaller and more armed neighbour.

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