Syria, Russia’s ally, sever ties with Ukraine: ministry – Reuters

Syria, Russia’s ally, cuts ties with Ukraine: ministry

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria announced on Wednesday it was cutting ties with Ukraine in support of its close ally Russia, saying the move was a response to a similar move by Kyiv.

“The Syrian Arab Republic has decided to sever diplomatic relations with Ukraine in accordance with the principle of reciprocity and in response to the decision of the Ukrainian government,” a foreign ministry official told the official SANA news agency. not identified.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky previously announced he was cutting ties with Syria late last month after Syria recognized the breakaway Russian-backed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.

“There will be no more relations between Ukraine and Syria,” Zelensky said at the time.

The breakaway states of Donetsk and Lugansk, whose independence Moscow recognized in February, are located in the Donbass region at the center of the Russian invasion of Ukraine launched on February 24.

Syria was the first country after Russia to recognize its independence.

President Bashar al-Assad’s government, which has relied heavily on Russian support in the decade-long civil war, had already recognized two other Russian-sponsored breakaway republics in 2018.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia are internationally recognized as part of Georgia, which gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, but Russia and a handful of other countries recognize their independence.

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