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Transcript of remarks by CE at media session before ExCo (with video)
     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, at a media session before the Executive Council (ExCo) meeting today (October 11):
Reporter: I want to follow up on the Russian sanctions and ask, the US (United States) has recently expressed concern that Hong Kong is increasingly being used as a place to avoid sanctions, mainly Russian oligarchies and companies. What is your response to that? And also, Mrs Carrie Lam was sanctioned and had to have her salary paid in cash because of that. What is that situation for you? Are you being paid in cash as well?
Chief Executive: First of all, a particular country, because of that country's own consideration, decides to take any measures against anything, that is that country's decision. In Hong Kong, we respect the rule of law and we will do anything when there is a legal basis, when it is controlled by the law and the activities, in some ways, indicate that (they are not in accordance with the law). But, we will comply with any United Nations resolution on sanctions because Hong Kong has the legal basis to enforce it. And we will comply with United Nations' sanctions. That is our system. That is our rule of law. We cannot do and we will not do anything that has no legal basis.
     The second thing about the so-called sanction imposed on people in Hong Kong without justification, it is a very barbaric act. And I'm not going to comment on the effects of such barbaric act because officials in Hong Kong do what is right to protect the interests of the country and the interests of Hong Kong. So we will just laugh off the so-called sanctions.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)
Ends/Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Issued at HKT 13:10
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