(ANSA) – BEIJING, JUL 14 – North Korea has formally recognized the independence of the two pro-Russian separatist “people’s republics” in eastern Ukraine, those of Donetsk and Luhansk, becoming the third nation in the world to do so after Russia and Syria.
North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui sent letters on Wednesday to her counterparts in the Donetsk People’s Republic (Dpr) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (Lpr), the official KCNA agency reported, informing them of Pyongyang’s decision “to recognizing their independence “and expressing” the will to develop state-to-state relations with those countries in the idea of; independence, peace and friendship “.
Also on Wednesday, in response to North Korea’s move anticipated by its embassy in Moscow, Ukraine announced it had cut off diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, on the basis of outright opposition over the recognition of separatist regions.
North Korea recently stressed its close ties with Russia in spite of international condemnation of its invasion of Ukraine, attributing the crisis between Moscow and Kiev to the “hegemonic politics” of the United States and the West. (HANDLE).
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