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China urges restraint on Ukraine after UN resolution veto

Published on Mar 16, 2014 7:00 PM
 
Elderly people cast their ballots in front of a placard reading "Ukraine is our common home" in one of the polling stations in Sevastopol on Sunday, March 16, 2014. China abstained from voting on a United Nations Security Council resolution to condemn the referendum in Crimea because it does not agree to a confrontational move, its foreign ministry said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - China abstained from voting on a United Nations Security Council resolution to condemn the referendum in Crimea because it does not agree to a confrontational move, its foreign ministry said on Sunday.

The referendum underway on Sunday in Crimea - to decide whether it should rejoin Russia or stay with Ukraine but with greater autonomy - was denounced in the Western-backed UN resolution as invalid.

The draft resolution received 13 votes from the 15-member council at an emergency vote Saturday, but was rejected after permanent member Russia exercised its veto. China, which often backs Moscow at the council, chose to abstain.

"China does not agree to a move of confrontation," foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang was quoted by state news agency Xinhua as saying on Sunday.

 
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