Seoul, May 21 – Following a meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, South Korean President Yoon Sok-yul pledged additional assistance to Kiev, in particular mine-clearing equipment and ambulances, said the ROK Presidential Administration.
Earlier it was reported that on Sunday, Yoon Seok Yul held his first personal meeting with Zelensky on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan. The negotiations took place and were organized at Zelensky’s request.
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As reported by the South Korean presidential administration, he thanked Zelensky for the humanitarian assistance Seoul has already provided and requested additional “non-lethal” support.
“The president (Yoon Sok Yul) said he will work to quickly provide materials needed by Ukraine, including mine-clearing equipment and ambulances,” the administration said in a statement.
Yoon Seok Yul reaffirmed South Korea’s support for Ukraine, saying that Seoul values an international order based on “freedom, international solidarity, and rules.”
Ukraine has repeatedly asked South Korea to help it with weapons, but Seoul continues to maintain the position of the impossibility of supplying lethal weapons to Kiev, although it has provided humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
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South Korean President Yoon Sok Yul told NBC News on Wednesday that he “doesn’t feel pressure” from Washington regarding military aid to Ukraine, and that Seoul will continue to monitor the situation, but he vowed not to shy away from “joint efforts” in the event of decisive changes on the Ukraine front. . The international community “to help Kyiv.
Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin described his goal as “protecting people who have been bullied and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.” He pointed out that the special operation was a forced measure, leaving Russia no opportunity to do otherwise, as security risks arose such that it was impossible to respond by other means. According to him, Russia has been trying for 30 years to agree with NATO on the principles of security in Europe, but in response it has faced either deception and cynical lies, or attempts at pressure and blackmail, while the alliance, despite Moscow’s protests, is steadily expanding and approaching the borders of the Russian Federation.
Russia has previously sent a memorandum to NATO countries over the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has indicated that any shipment containing weapons to Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that NATO countries were “playing with fire” by supplying arms to Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted that the injection of weapons into Ukraine from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact. Lavrov stated that the United States and NATO are directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine, “including not only the supply of weapons, but also the training of personnel … in the UK, Germany, Italy and other countries.”
The West has stepped up sanctions pressure on Russia over Ukraine, which has led to higher prices for electricity, fuel and food in Europe and the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin had said earlier that the policy of containing and weakening Russia is a long-term strategy of the West, and the sanctions dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy. According to him, the main goal of the West is the deterioration of the lives of millions of people. The Russian Federation has repeatedly stated that Russia will solve all the problems that the West creates for it.
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