Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with a distant and defeated country

Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with a distant and defeated country

Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with a distant and defeated country

Illustrative photo/MFA Ukraine

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine announced the severance of diplomatic relations with the Syrian Arab Republic after Assad recognized the “young republics” on the territory of Ukraine.

Ukraine interprets this as an unfriendly act, an encroachment on its sovereignty and territorial integrity, a gross violation of Ukrainian legislation, the UN Charter and fundamental norms and principles of international law.

« In response to this unfriendly act, Ukraine announces the severance of diplomatic relations with Syria without severing consular relations, in accordance with Article 2 of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The Ukrainian side is also starting the procedure for imposing a trade embargo on Syria, as well as imposing other sanctions on Syrian legal entities and individuals,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Foreign Ministry noted that by such actions the Syrian regime is trying to give pseudo-subjectivity to the Russian occupation administrations in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions on the order of their curators in the Kremlin.

"Our position is clear – we react as harshly as possible to any attempts to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and protect national interests by all available means, including on the diplomatic front,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stressed.

We note that in connection with the crimes of the Bashar al-Assad regime against the Syrian people, the Ukrainian side closed the Ukrainian embassy in Damascus back in 2016, and in 2018 ordered the closure of the Syrian embassy in Kyiv. The interests of Ukrainians in Syria are protected by the Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon.

Prepared by: Nina Petrovich