China expressed its strong opposition to new sanctions against senior Russian officials proposed by lawmakers in Washington, RT reports. The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, accused US lawmakers of using human rights as a “pretext” for imposing new anti-Russia measures that undermine recent negotiations between Moscow and Washington.
On Monday, September 27, Chunying stated that “China is strongly against Washington applying unilateral sanctions under the pretext of protecting human rights”. She said that the US itself quite often “violates the provisions of the UN Charter and acts contrary to generally accepted norms of international law”, adding that the sanctions (yet not fully approved) are not only opposed by China and Russia but also “by a growing number of countries”.
The new anti-Russian legislation was announced last week and targets 35 Russians, including journalists, businessmen, and government officials, such as Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, and others. Despite Russian President’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, assumed that the new legislation has a long way before coming into action as he called the sanctions “internal parliamentary exercise”, the new restrictions can anyway affect the previous attempts to build a better connection between the two nations.