The decision was made in response to a similar step by the Ukrainian side. Kyiv decided to break off relations with Damascus after the latter recognized the independence of the DPR and LPR .jpg” alt=”Syria has decided to break off diplomatic relations with Ukraine” />
Syria decided to break off diplomatic relations with Ukraine after a similar decision by Kyiv, the Syrian state news agency SANA reports, citing a source in the Foreign Ministry.
The Ukrainian authorities announced their decision to terminate relations with Damascus at the end of June. The reason was the decision of Syria to recognize the LPR and the DPR. In Kyiv, it was regarded as an unfriendly act, an encroachment on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state, a “gross violation” Ukrainian legislation and international law.
“The Ukrainian side is also starting the procedure for imposing a trade embargo against Syria, as well as the adoption of other sanctions against Syrian legal entities and individuals,” added in the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. At the same time, Ukraine maintained consular ties with Syria.
Damascus announced its decision to recognize the DPR and LPR on June 29. Syria became the first state after Russia recognized at the UN level to declare such an intention. The Arab Republic also announced agreements on strengthening cooperation and establishing diplomatic relations with the DPR and LPR.
DPR Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova then announced that the process of recognizing the republic by Syria “is going intensively”, they cooperate in the fields of education, science, medicine and political construction.
On July 13, the DPRK announced the recognition of the republics of Donbass. Kyiv severed diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised to respond harshly to this step of the North Korean authorities. In response, the DPRK Foreign Ministry said that Ukraine has no right to object to the “legitimate manifestation of sovereignty” North Korea.
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Russia recognized the LPR and DPR in February, shortly before the start of the military operation in Ukraine. The Kremlin said that they would welcome the recognition of the republics by other countries.
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