Ukraine breaks with Syria over recognition of pro-Russian republics



Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday decided to sever diplomatic relations with Syria after the Moscow-backed government of President Bashar al-Assad officially recognized the “independence and sovereignty” of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics in Donbass. “.

“There will be no more relations between Ukraine and Syria,” Zelensky said in a video posted on Telegram, stating that “the pressure of sanctions against Damascus, an ally of Russia, will be even stronger”.

Earlier, the Syrian government officially recognized the “independence and sovereignty” of pro-Russian separatist republics in eastern Ukraine, according to government agency Sana, citing a source from the Damascus foreign ministry.

The statement states that the Syrian presidency intends to establish relations with the two breakaway republics.

Source: Terra

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