Ukraine breaks diplomatic relations with Syria

Ukraine breaks diplomatic relations with the Syrian Arab Republic and begins the procedure of imposing a trade embargo after Syria recognizes the “independence” of the “LPR” and the “DPR”.

“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 Lugansk regions of Ukraine,” the statement read. of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. from Ukraine.

Ukrainian diplomats regard this decision as a hostile act against Ukraine, an encroachment on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our State, and a flagrant violation of Ukrainian law, the Charter of the United Nations and the fundamental norms and principles of the international law.

“There is no doubt that the Syrian regime is trying to give pseudo-subjectivity to the Russian occupation administrations in Donetsk and Luhansk at the behest of its Kremlin conservatives,” the statement said.

In response to this hostile act, Ukraine declares the severance of diplomatic relations with Syria without severance of consular relations, in accordance with article 2 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations concluded in Vienna on April 24, 1963. The party also begins the procedure to impose a trade embargo on Syria, as well as to impose other sanctions on Syrian legal and natural persons.

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

The ministry notes 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 in 2016 and ordered the closure of the Syrian Embassy in Ukraine in 2018. the interests of Ukrainians in Syria are supported by the Embassy of Ukraine in Lebanon.

As reported, on June 29, the Syrian Arab Republic officially recognized the “independence and sovereignty” of the so-called “LPR” and “DPR” created by Russia in the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions .