Russia opposes Taiwan's UN membership push

Updated: 2007-07-24 01:29

MOSCOW -- Russia opposes to the "referendum on joining the United Nations" pushed by Chen Shui-bian and Taiwan's attempt to join the United Nations under any name or by any means, as well as the so-called "Taiwan independence," said a senior diplomat on Monday.

Russia has noticed that the Chen Shui-bian authorities is speeding up efforts in promoting a "referendum on joining the United Nations" and seeking "UN membership under the name Taiwan", said deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Yakovenko.

Russia regards such moves as dangerous splittism activities which will pose grave threat to peace and security across the Taiwan Straits and in the Asian-Pacific region, Yakovenko told Chinese ambassador to Russia Liu Guchang in a meeting.

Russia unswervingly and firmly supports Chinese government's stance on the Taiwan issue, holding that there's only one China in the world, the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing China as a whole and Taiwan is an indivisible part of China, he said.

Moscow's such stance has been stated in the Russia-China Friendly Treaty on Good-Neighborly Cooperation inked in 2001 and President Vladimir Putin reiterated it in a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi earlier this month, he noted.

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