MOSCOW (Reuters) –on Wednesday threw its weight behind its close ally , saying ‘s plan to hold a referendum on whether to seek membership was a “political escapade.”
Taiwan, which China claims as its own, is due to hold the plebiscite alongside a presidential election on March 22, ignoring warnings from countries such as the United States,and as well as China.
“We have been watching with unease Taiwan’s preparations to hold a referendum on joining the U.N. under the name of ‘Taiwan’,” Russia’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Denisov said in remarks posted on the ministry’s site (www.mid.ru).
“We are deeply convinced that this political escapade, persistently promoted by the authorities of the island, is an explosive of huge destructive potential.”
“It … already starts having a destabilizing impact on the Asia-Pacific Region and threatens the interests of peace and development.”
If Taiwan’s motion is passed, it would be perceived byas a formal declaration of independence but will fail because China holds a veto in the .
“Carried away by its separatist rhetoric, Taiwan’s leadership overlooks the fact that the issue of Taiwan’s membership in the U.N. does not exist as such,” Denisov said.
Earlier this month thesaid it was concerned by Taiwan’s plans to hold the referendum.
(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Giles Elgood)