Tiny Pacific nation cuts diplomatic ties with Russia over Ukraine — Analysis

The Federated States of Micronesia has accused Moscow of an “unambiguously villainous” attack

On Friday, the Federated States of Micronesia announced that it had officially severed diplomatic relations from Moscow after Russian troops attacked Ukrainian military bases.

“The FSM condemns the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine, and the unjustified and brutal assault on its people and territory, which our country recognizes as unambiguously villainous and holds in the highest form of contempt,” the nation’s government said in a statement on its website.

After President Vladimir Putin directed his forces to attack Ukrainian military targets, the move was made. Putin stated that it was necessary and the operation started in the morning hours on Thursday. “demilitarize and denazify” Russia’s neighbor.

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The FSM has not cut diplomatic relations with Russia because of the current state, but it left open the possibility that the FSM could reopen the doors to both parties for future cooperation if Moscow so desires. “demonstrates actionable commitments to peace, friendship, cooperation, and love in our common humanity.”

However, the Russian government has yet to publicly respond. Moscow and FSM were able to establish ties in 1999. Russia has no embassy in the Pacific country and contacts between the countries are thought to be very limited. FSM comprises 607 islands covering 702 kilometers. Of these, 65 are uninhabited. The population is just over 114,000. 

The FSM’s decision to cut diplomatic ties comes after the US, the UK, the EU, and NATO condemned what they called Russia’s “unprovoked” attack on Ukraine. Moscow has been subject to sanctions worldwide in protest at its military activities in Ukraine.

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