Syria announced on Wednesday (07.20.2022) the severance of its diplomatic relations with Ukraine, according to the principle of “reciprocity”, after the Ukrainian government took the same decision due to the recognition of the independence of the pro-Russian separatist republics.
Syria “decided to sever diplomatic relations with Ukraine, in accordance with the principle of reciprocity and in response to the decision of the Ukrainian government,” a Syrian Foreign Ministry source was quoted as saying by the official Sana news agency.
Syria had announced in late June that it would recognize the independence of the pro-Russian breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.
Until then, only Moscow had recognized the independence of these two Ukrainian regions in February, a few days before the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski announced on June 29 that he was ending diplomatic relations with Syria. “There will be no more relations between Ukraine and Syria,” Zelensky said then.