icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

China warns US using human rights as ‘pretext’ for more anti-Russia sanctions, as Beijing publicly backs Moscow in new standoff

China warns US using human rights as ‘pretext’ for more anti-Russia sanctions, as Beijing publicly backs Moscow in new standoff
China has said it “strongly opposes” new sanctions against senior Russian officials proposed by lawmakers in Washington, arguing that the US is guilty of double standards when it comes to violations of international law.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has accused US lawmakers of using human rights as a “pretext” for imposing new anti-Russia measures that undermine recent negotiations between the Kremlin and Washington.

Speaking on Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman said that “China is strongly against Washington applying unilateral sanctions under the pretext of protecting human rights,” while also stating that the US itself often “violates the provisions of the UN Charter and acts contrary to generally accepted norms of international law.”

Also on rt.com Sweeping new anti-Russia sanctions pushed by US Democrats would ‘undermine spirit’ of Putin-Biden summit in Geneva, Kremlin blasts

Hua Chunying added that the sanctions – which still need to be approved by the Senate before they come into effect – are not only opposed by China and Russia, but also “by a growing number of countries.”

The move to back Moscow and publicly call out Washington comes only days after the Kremlin’s own press secretary labelled the new proposed measures a betrayal of progress made between the two nations during negotiations earlier this year. Dmitry Peskov said that the proposals “would significantly undermine the spirit of Geneva,” referring to the Putin-Biden summit in the Swiss city back in July.

The new anti-Russian legislation was announced last week as part of an almost $800 billion US defense budget planned for the upcoming financial year. The impending sanctions target 35 Russian nationals, including journalists, businessmen and government officials, namely Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, and Health Ministry head Mikhail Murashko.

Also on rt.com American politicians voting for new sanctions ‘don’t understand reality of Russia,’ but dislike country due to prejudice – Kremlin

Other initiatives have been put forward in order to punish the Kremlin for allegedly interfering in US elections, such as extending bond-trading curbs on the secondary market and prohibiting Americans from purchasing and/or selling Russian sovereign debt securities.

Despite Peskov acknowledging that the new legislation has a “long path” to travel before coming into action and the suggested debt provisions are but an “internal parliamentary exercise,” this new wave of restrictions could undo the previous attempts to build a more amicable rapport between the two nations, untarnished by reoccurring sanctions.

Like this story? Share it with a friend!

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.

Podcasts