BEIJING, April 13. /TASS/. China finds the United States’ unilateral sanctions against Russia unacceptable, because all other countries will have to pay for them in the end, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday.
"The United States is a major power and it bears special responsibility for the observance of the rules of the world economic system and for maintaining its stability. A situation where all other countries would have to pay for Washington’s unilateral sanctions must not be permitted," he told a news briefing while commenting on the negative effects of US restrictions towards Russia.
According to the Chinese diplomat, the US government "must correct its old-time mistakes" and furnish assistance to Russian-Ukrainian peace talks.
"War and sanctions are not the sole choice," Zhao said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 launched a special military operation in Ukraine in response to a request for help from the leaders of the Donbass republics. He stressed that Moscow had no plans for an occupation of Ukrainian territories, its sole aim being the country’s demilitarization and denazification. After that the United States, the European Union and Britain and also a number of other countries said they were imposing sanctions against Russian individuals and legal entities.