Politicians talk

Politicians Talk – Tuesday 06/04/2022

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. EU

Ursula von der Leyen – European Commission President

EU will put more sanctions on Russia. “These sanctions will not be our last sanctions,” President von der Leyen told European Parliament in a presentation of the latest sanctions package that includes a ban on buying Russian coal.

.CHINA

Zhao Lijian – Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson

The Chinese authorities object to Pentagon sending arms to Taiwan and “will take resolute and forceful measures to firmly safeguard its sovereignty and security interests,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated at the briefing on Wednesday.

. RUSSIA 

Maria Zakharova – Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson

Russia will respond to unfriendly actions Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova warned on Wednesday. Speaking to Sputnik’s radio station, Zakharova commented on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s request to have the United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC) reformed saying that “if a person believes that a structure that does not succeed has only one way out – to dissolve itself then perhaps, he should be the first of all to test that principle on himself.”

. HONG KONG

John Lee – Hong Kong Chief Secretary 

Hong Kong Chief Secretary John Lee resigned on Wednesday, adding to speculation that the longtime security official will campaign to become the city’s next leader.