Syria’s recognition of the independence of Ukraine’s two separatist republics led to the announcement by Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, of severing ties with that country.
“There will no longer be relations between Ukraine and Syria,” Zelensky said in a video on Telegram.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Syrian state news agency SANA cited a foreign ministry official as saying: “Syria has decided to recognize the independence and sovereignty of both the Lugansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic.”
“We will communicate with both countries to agree on frameworks for strengthening relations, including establishing diplomatic relations in accordance with established rules,” the official added.
Russia acknowledged the independence of the Ukrainian separatist states of Donetsk and Lugansk before beginning its invasion of Ukraine.
Since 2014, the two self-declared nations have eluded Kiev’s grasp.