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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's remarks on British announcement on expelling Russian diplomats

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: 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.

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