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China’s UN envoy: Unilateral sanctions ‘not the right way’ of solving problems

March 22, 8:48 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
The diplomat commented on the recent EU call on the member-states to consider plans of introducing restrictive measures against Moscow on the second anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia
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UNITED NATIONS, March 22. /TASS/. Beijing opposes the policy of introducing unilateral sanctions as this is the wrong way of solving problems, China’s Ambassador to the United Nations Liu Jieyi told TASS.

The diplomat commented on the recent EU call on the member-states to consider plans of introducing restrictive measures against Moscow on the second anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

"I haven't read the statement, but in general we don't like these unilateral sanctions. That's not the right way to try to solve problems," he stressed. When asked if this concerns the US and EU sanctions against Russia, he said: "Generally, yes."

On March 18, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that the EU would continue to implement the "non-recognition" policy with regard to Crimea as part of Russia, including by means of restrictive measures. She called on the UN member-countries to consider the possibility of taking similar non-recognition steps citing the General Assembly resolution of March 27, 2014.

The document passed by a majority of votes declared the referendum in Crimea illegal and urged all countries and international organizations not to recognize the peninsula as part of Russia. General Assembly resolutions are not binding and are recommendatory.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has responded to Mogherini’s statement calling Crimea and Sevastopol "an integral part of the Russian Federation." It noted that "the methods of political and economic pressure the European Union has resorted to so persistently recently have no prospects whatsoever and cannot change this fact."

In July 2014, the European Union and the US imposed sanctions against Russia over developments in Ukraine and have repeatedly extended and expanded them. On August 7, 2014, Russia took a package of retaliatory measures in response to the sanctions imposed by the EU, the US, Australia, Canada and Norway. The so-called counter-sanctions implied a ban on imports of fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat products to Russia from these countries.

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