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South Korean defense minister refuses to supply lethal weapons to Kiev

Suh Wook had explained that there are limits in providing lethal weapon systems to Ukraine, given our security situation and its potential impact on our military’s readiness posture

South Korea’s Defense Minister Suh Wook reiterated that he considered the deliveries of lethal weapons to Ukraine problematic during the April 8 phone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Alexey Reznikov, Korean Defense Ministry Spokesperson Boo Seung-chan reported on Monday.

“Suh had explained that there are limits in providing lethal weapon systems to Ukraine, given our security situation and its potential impact on our military’s readiness posture,” the Yonhap news agency quoted the spokesperson as saying.

Earlier, Seoul already indicated that the deliveries of lethal weapons to Ukraine were problematic, instead, in March, the Defense Ministry sent to Kiev helmets, rations, blankets, medical kits, tents worth $804,000, according to Yonhap.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address on February 24 that in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republics he had made a decision to carry out a special military operation in order to protect people “who have been suffering from abuse and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.” The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, noting that the operation was aimed at the denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine.

Source: TASS