Ukraine Severed Diplomatic Relations With Syria

by Olha Povaliaieva
Thursday, June 30, 2022
Ukraine Severed Diplomatic Relations With Syria

On June 30, in response to Syria's recognition of the independence of the Russian-occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with the pro-Russian state

Ukraine and Syria seemed to share similar "parameters" of modern life. Both countries are striving for development, are improving the metallurgical industry, and are a haven for different ethnic groups and religions. But in fact, these 2 countries are on different layers of understanding of civilization.

On 29 June, the Syrian government announced that it was prepared to follow the Russian Federation in recognizing the terrorist organizations established in the occupied parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics." Thus, the Syrian Ministry of foreign affairs associates itself with the views of Russia, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia. It should be noted that in February, Syria declared its readiness to recognize terrorist republics. On March 15, the Syrian ambassador to Iran, Shafik Dayyub, met with the Russian ambassador in Tehran, Levan Yagaryan, where he reported full support of Russia in the "special operation in the Donbas."

"The Ministry of foreign affairs of Ukraine strongly condemns the decision of the Syrian Arab Republic to recognize the so-called "independence" of the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. We consider this decision to be an unfriendly act against Ukraine, an encroachment on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state, and a gross violation of Ukrainian law, the UN Charter, and the fundamental norms and principles of international law. There is no doubt that the Syrian regime is trying to give pseudo-subjectivity to the Russian occupying administrations in Donetsk and Luhansk at the behest of its Kremlin curators," the Ministry of foreign affairs of Ukraine.

"Our position is clear — we respond as harshly as possible to any attempts to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and we protect national interests by all available means, including on the diplomatic front," minister of foreign affairs Dmytro Kuleba.

The Ukrainian side did not hesitate to make statements. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy reacted to the Syrian decision.

"In this case, there will be no more relations with Syria, and the sanctions pressure against Syria will be even greater," said the head of state in a video message.

Recall that Russia recognized the independence of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic 3 days before the war against Ukraine began. Thanks to this move, Russia was able to bring its armed forces into Ukraine and will probably later try to annex the territories of the republics.

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