Situation in HK is China’s internal matter
MOSCOW: Beijing shot down an attempt by the US to hold a UN Security Council meeting on Hong Kong last week, with President Trump responding by threatening to revoke the region’s special trade status, and banning flights from China to the US as part of a broader spat connected to the coronavirus.
The political situation in Hong Kong is a domestic Chinese matter, and any foreign intervention with respect to Beijing and the special administrative region is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has announced.
“Russia respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the People’s Republic of China. We consider the situation in Hong Kong to be an internal matter of China and call on foreign forces to end any interference in relations between the central government and its special administrative region,” Zakharova said Thursday at a press briefing.
According to the spokeswoman, the US and UK attempt to initiate a discussion on Hong Kong at the Security Council last week was aimed more than anything else at ‘settling scores’ with a geopolitical adversary, and therefore “unacceptable” to Moscow.
“Attempts to fill the Security Council’s agenda with topics that go beyond its mandate are counterproductive and threaten to reduce its effectiveness and weaken the authority of this body.”
“It’s worth recalling that the Security Council has a crucial importance to the modern system of international relations,” the spokeswoman stressed. (Sputnik)