Q: Two people in the UK were poisoned after contacting unknown substance. One of them is the 66-year-old Sergei Skripal who used to work for the Russian military intelligence service. In response to this, British Prime Minister Theresa May said to the Parliament on March 12 that the British government believed that Russia was highly likely responsible for the poisoning incident. What is your comment? Do you believe this will become a new diplomatic scandal?
A: We have noted relevant reports, but we are not aware of what really happened. Both the British and the Russian sides have responded to it. We hope that relevant parties could properly resolve this issue based on facts and through appropriate channels.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on March 15, 2018
Q: Yesterday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced that 23 Russian diplomats have a week to leave the country, after blaming Moscow for poisoning a former Russian intelligence officer. The Russian side denies all these accusations. How would China comment on the situation? How will this affect international cooperation on resolving today's hotspot issues within the framework of the United Nations Security Council?
A: As I said yesterday, we have noted the response from Britain and Russia on it. We hope that relevant parties could properly resolve this issue through dialogue and consultation in the spirit of mutual respect and equality while respecting facts and acting in strict accordance with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and relevant international laws.
Russia and the UK, as permanent members of the UN Security Council, are two important and influential countries in the world. We hope that they could properly resolve this issue through consultation. After all, maintaining communication and cooperation between permanent members of Security Council could not be more important.