By Anthony Marcus, for Eurasia Business News, July 14, 2022
Picture : Official flag of North Korea.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine annnounced the severance of diplomatic relations with North Korea. On July 13, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), a communist state of Eastern Asia, recognized the independence of the republics of Donetsk (DNR) and Luhansk (LNR), located in Eastern Ukraine.
The North Korea’s government is fully ready to support Russia’s position on the DNR and LNR, said the North Korean Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Kim Son, to journalists of RIA Novosti on July 13.
Kyiv considers the decision of Pyongyang as “an attempt to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, a gross violation of the Constitution of Ukraine, the UN Charter and the fundamental norms and principles of international law.“
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly condemns the decision of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to recognize the so-called independence of the territories temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. In response to such an unfriendly act, Ukraine declares the severance of diplomatic relations with the DPRK. Political and economic contacts with the DPRK are not carried out because of the international sanctions imposed on this country“, reported the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on its website.
The statement also said that the North Korea’s recognition of the independence of the DNR and LNR “is null and void, will not have legal consequences and will not change the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine.” The head of the ministry, Dmitry Kuleba, said that Russia “has no more allies in the world, except for countries that depend on it financially and politically, and the level of isolation of the Russian Federation will soon reach the level of isolation of the DPRK.“
The Head of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Leonid Pasechnik, called the recognition of the LNR by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as a “bold political step“.
“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea today recognized the Lugansk People’s Republic. We are sincerely grateful to the people of the DPRK for supporting our sovereignty and recognizing statehood. In today’s geopolitical realities, this is indeed a bold political step. I am sure that the bilateral partnership of our states will be long and fruitful,” wrote Pasechnik in his Telegram channel.
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Russia recognized the independence of the DNR and LNR on February 21. Three days later, on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine.
On February 25, Abkhazia recognized the independence of the DNR and LNR. As the President of Abkhazia Aslan Bzhania said at the time, he signed decrees on the recognition of the republics “following the spirit of friendship with the peoples of the DNR and LNR.” He considered it necessary to be involved in their fate and wished the republics safe and sustainable development.
On June 29, Syria recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.
On July 13, Leonid Pasechnik said that the Luhansk Republic expects to soon establish diplomatic relations with Syria.
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