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Russia condemns Taiwan's UN membership drive

Russia strongly condemned Taiwan's declaration to hold a referendum on UN membership in the name of Taiwan, saying it poses a grave problem for the world.

The decision of the Taiwan authority led by Chen Shui-bian to hold the referendum, despite strong objections from the Chinese central government and the world community, will pose a severe threat to peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits and to the Asian-Pacific region, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov.

“It will make the international situation more complicated,” the senior diplomat said when he met with Chinese Ambassador Liu Guchang in Moscow.

The referendum on UN membership is another step of the island's separatist activity that seeks Taiwan’s independence and is a dangerous political game that will have severe consequences, diplomatic sources quoted him as saying.

Russia holds an unswerving and clear stance on the Taiwan issue. It maintains that Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory and the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing the whole China, Losyukov said.

Russia firmly opposes Taiwan's membership in any international organizations that consist of sovereign states, firmly opposes Taiwan membership in the United Nations in any name and firmly opposes the island’s independence in any form, he said. (Xinhua)