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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Remarks on the Current Situation in Ukraine

Q: On March 1, the Russian Federation Council authorized Russian President Vladimir Putin to use armed forces in order to protect Russians and Russian military officers and soldiers in Ukraine. What is China's comment on the current situation in Ukraine?

A: China is deeply concerned about the current situation in Ukraine. We condemn the recent extreme and violent acts there and have been urging the relevant parties in Ukraine to resolve their internal disputes peacefully within the legal framework so as to safeguard the lawful rights and interests of all ethnic communities in Ukraine and restore normal social order at an early date.

It is China's long-standing position not to interfere in others' internal affairs. We respect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. There are reasons for why the situation in Ukraine is what it is today. China will follow the development of the situation closely and call on relevant parties to seek a political resolution of their differences through dialogue and negotiation based on respect for international law and norms governing international relations in order to uphold regional peace and stability.

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