Syria cuts diplomatic ties with Ukraine — Analysis

The Syrian foreign ministry said Wednesday that Damascus had cut diplomatic ties to Kiev.

This comes in response to a similar step by Ukraine last month that followed Syria’s recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

“The Syrian Arab Republic has decided to sever diplomatic relations with Ukraine in line with the principle of reciprocity and in response to the Ukrainian government’s decision to do so,”On its website, the ministry posted an announcement.

Kiev said it was cutting diplomatic relations with Syria in late June in response to the decision by Damascus to follow Russia’s example and recognize the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent states.

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“There will be no relations between Ukraine and Syria”Vladimir Zelensky was the Ukrainian President at that time. He threatened Damascus by imposing sanctions.

Kiev closed its embassy in Syria in 2016, accusing the country’s president, Bashar Assad of crimes against his own people, and in 2018 it ordered Syrian diplomats out of Ukraine.

Moscow is close to Damascus. Russia sent an Expeditionary Force to Syria to aid it in defeating IS terrorists groups, at Damascus request, in 2015.

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