This photo shows a view of the Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow on April 29, 2021. (NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)
MOSCOW – Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday the visit to Taiwan by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a clear provocation.
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on August 2. We view her visit as a clear provocation, which is in line with the United States’ aggressive policy aimed at comprehensively containing China.
Russia's foreign ministry
China has the right to take measures to protect its sovereignty, the ministry added in a statement.
"US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on August 2. We view her visit as a clear provocation, which is in line with the United States’ aggressive policy aimed at comprehensively containing China," the statement reads.
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Moscow backed Beijing earlier on Tuesday over the visit, warning Washington that the trip would put the United States on a collision course with China.
"Russia’s principled position remains unchanged. We believe that there is only one China, the Chinese government is the only legitimate government that represents all of China, and Taiwan is an integral part of China," the statement reads.
The ministry pointed out that Moscow had reiterated its commitment to the one-China principle in a joint statement on international relations adopted following talks between the Russian and Chinese leaders on Feb 4, 2022.
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Moscow called on Washington to refrain from actions undermining regional stability and international security, and accept the new geopolitical reality where there is no room for US hegemony.