China warned the European Union (EU) in strong terms on Monday not to punish Chinese companies that do business with Russia.
Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said that the next EU sanctions package will include measures against seven Chinese firms.
The businesses are said to have given Russia goods that the Russian military can use to make weapons.
On Wednesday, in Brussels, representatives from the 27 countries that are part of the EU will talk about the proposed penalties.
"We want the EU to stop going in the wrong direction. "If that doesn't happen, China will take strong steps to protect our legal and legitimate rights and interests," said Wang Wenbin, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
50 students hospitalised after gas leakage
On Monday, May 8, Japanese Kyodo News reported that a gas smell was found at Kamei Elementary School in Yao, which sent more than 50 children to the hospital.
A gas smell was said to be coming from an elementary school in Osaka prefecture around 9:00 a.m. local time (or 0:00 GMT).
At 11 a.m., the smell was still there, and a gas leak couldn't be ruled out.
After the smell was found, the children were sent to the playground, where many of them said they felt sick. This led to 51 children being taken to the hospital, Kyodo News said.
All of the kids were awake and there was no danger to their health.
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