Russian FM Lavrov warns US against interfering in Taiwan

Russian FM Lavrov warns US against interfering in Taiwan

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke at the UN General Assembly UNGA to defend the war in Ukraine and warn the United States against interfering in Taiwan.

The speech was delivered in New York on Saturday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilisation in the wake of a series of setbacks on the battlefield.

Mr Lavrov said the US and its allies were trying to stop the march of history by providing military aid to Ukraine.

He accused the West of throwing a fit over referendums that are currently underway on whether Russia-occupied regions of the country should join the Russian Federation.

US President Joe Biden and other Western leaders have dismissed the votes as a sham that aimed at annexing Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.

Throughout the week, representatives of several UN member countries, including Australia, have called on China to ramp up pressure on its strategic partner to end the conflict.

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong told the General Assembly on Friday that it is important for countries who play leading roles in international fora and countries with influence on Russia to exert their influence to end this war.

In this pursuit, the world looks to China, a great power, a permanent member of the Security Council, with a 'no-limits partnership' with Russia. During a lengthy press conference after his speech, Mr Lavrov pointedly avoided answering questions on whether Beijing had heeded the calls.

Putin acknowledged that his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, had expressed questions and concerns over the war.

Russia and China are not united but are aligned but not united.

At UNGA, Mr Lavrov used the world's most famous diplomatic platform to accuse Washington of playing with fire by promising it would defend Taiwan against China.

He said they're playing with fire around Taiwan.

They're promising military support for Taiwan. The warning came after several remarks from Mr Biden that contradicted Washington's long-term strategic ambiguity around the island.

He told CBS's 60 Minutes that the US would deploy troops to the self-ruled democratic island in the event of an attack by China.

The White House has since distanced itself from the comments, saying that they do not reflect an official change in foreign policy.

The Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, spoke to the General Assembly to highlight Beijing's intentions to reunite with Taiwan.

He warned world leaders that if China is fully unified, there will be enduring peace across the Taiwan Strait.

He said that despite the fact that he did not signal a change in China's neutral stance on the war in Ukraine, he called for all parties concerned to keep the crisis from spilling over China, and that all efforts are necessary to the peaceful resolution of the Ukraine crisis.

The best way to build a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture is to address the legitimate security concerns of all parties. Mr Wang told the UN Security Council earlier in the week that investigations into potential violations of international humanitarian law should not be politicised and be based on fair facts rather than an assumption of guilt.