Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan reflects Washington's desire to prove their "impunity and display their lawlessness."
"I cannot tell what was their (the Americans’) motivation but there are no doubts that it reflects the very same policy we are talking about with regards to the Ukrainian situation," Lavrov said Wednesday at a news conference with Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, according to Russian state news agency TASS.
"This is a desire to prove to absolutely everyone (their) impunity and display their lawlessness."
Lavrov added he did not see any other "reason to create such an irritant literally out of nowhere, fully aware what it means for the People’s Republic of China."
Some background: Pelosi's trip to Taiwan has inflamed tensions between the US and China and prompted criticism from the Kremlin.
China's anger at Pelosi's visit to the democratic self-governing island was underscored when Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Feng on Tuesday accused her of "deliberately provoking and playing with fire against people's will," saying her visit is "extremely egregious" and the consequences will be "extremely serious."
That same day, Moscow said that Russia considered Pelosi's visit "a clear provocation in the spirit of the United States' aggressive policy of an all-out effort to contain the PRC (People's Republic of China)."
The Russian foreign ministry also called on Washington "to refrain from actions that undermine regional stability and international security and to recognize the new geopolitical reality in which there is no longer any place for American hegemony."