South Korea denies sending weapons to Ukraine after Putin remarks | Russia-Ukraine war News

President Yoon Suk-yeol stated no deadly army support was despatched to Kyiv after Russian president warned of harmed relations.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has denied that Seoul supplied any deadly weapons to Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin stated such a choice would destroy their bilateral relations.

Putin made the comment at a convention in Moscow on Thursday, accusing the West of inciting the battle in Ukraine and stressing {that a} determination by South Korea to provide weapons to Ukraine would destroy relations, equating such a transfer to Moscow sending arms to North Korea.

“We’ve supplied humanitarian and peaceable help to Ukraine in solidarity with the worldwide group however by no means deadly weapons or any such issues,” Yoon advised reporters on Friday, in response to South Korea’s Yonhap Information Company.

“However in any case, it’s a matter of our sovereignty, and I’d such as you to know that we try to keep up peaceable and good relations with all international locations around the globe, together with Russia,” he stated.

Seoul had despatched bulletproof vests, helmets and different non-lethal army in addition to medical provides to Ukraine and has turned down Kyiv’s requests for weapons, Yonhap reported.

 

A United States ally, South Korea has maintained it might not present Ukraine with deadly support and has sought to keep away from antagonising Russia, each for financial causes and the affect Moscow can exert over North Korea.

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which started eight months in the past, has killed 1000’s, displaced tens of millions, shaken the worldwide economic system and reopened Chilly Warfare-era divisions.

At a convention in Moscow on Thursday, Putin defended his battle and blamed the US and West for inciting the battle in Ukraine, including the West was enjoying what he described as a “harmful, bloody and soiled” geopolitical recreation that’s sowing chaos the world over.

Putin had this message for South Korea: “How would the Republic of Korea react to the actual fact if we began, if we resume cooperation with North Korea on this space?”

Putin speaking at podium
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech in the course of the nineteenth Annual Assembly of the Valdai Dialogue Membership in Moscow, Russia on October 27, 2022 [Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via Reuters]

Requested what he want to inform individuals in Europe and the US, Putin answered they need to know that Russia shouldn’t be their enemy.

“Russia is your buddy and we’ve been doing all the things for many years and are able to do all the things sooner or later with a view to strengthen our relationships,” he stated.

Putin additionally criticised the US for intervening in China’s dispute with Taiwan, which he known as “opposite to widespread sense and logic”.

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