South Korean expert: Russia will impose sanctions on military aid from Seoul to Kiev
Seoul, April 19 – RIA Novosti. Professor Lee Hae-yong, from the University of South Korea, said that if South Korea goes to Kiev for military aid, Russia cannot continue to ignore Seoul’s actions and will likely impose certain sanctions on the South Korean capital in response. Hansin told RIA Novosti.
“Russia cannot continue to pretend not to know (about Seoul’s actions – ed.), so it will intervene now. RF often uses the principle of “mirror measures”, so there will probably be a strong warning and a definite program of action. invested South Korean capital is dependent (to the Russian Federation – ed.), therefore, Moscow will most likely begin sanctions at a low level,” he said.
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He also suggested that Russia might in turn provide some form of military aid to North Korea.
So far, the main stance of the South Korean government has been the principle of not supplying lethal weapons to Ukraine. At the same time, the South Korean opposition supported this position. That’s why Li Zhe Meng, head of the main opposition United Democratic Party, described the April supply of deadly weapons to Ukraine as “undesirable”.
But on Wednesday, South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol told Reuters that it would be difficult for Seoul to insist on providing only humanitarian or financial support to Kiev if a situation “cannot be tolerated by the international community” arises in Ukraine. thus providing military assistance to Ukraine for the first time.
Earlier, the head of the press center of the Vostok troop group Alexander Gordeev said that, according to radio intelligence, French journalists came to the Gulyaipol region of the Zaporozhye region with a high probability to film provocations related to the Russian attacks. . Vladimir Rogov, head of the Zaporozhye movement “We are with Russia”, described the arrival of French journalists as a farce and suggested that “the West is preparing a new Bucha from Gulyaipol” and that the task of the journalists is to prepare a provocation by accusing the Russians. artillery fire targeting the so-called settlements of settlements and the death of civilians. According to him, preparation can take up to a week.
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At the same time, Lee Hae-yong suggested that Kherson would be the most suitable site for a new provocation. “I think it will be difficult for Ukraine and NATO to prepare Bucha No. 2 staging in other regions except Kherson. It will not be possible to use the lost army this time. They have already tried in Kharkov but failed. , so it is now too much to stage a suitable place like Kherson. nothing,” he said.
So far, South Korea has agreed with the United States to procure 500,000 155mm artillery shells. That’s five times the 100,000 rounds South Korea sold to the United States last year, and half the total U.S. rounds delivered to Ukraine. In February, Washington reportedly asked South Korea to sell another batch of 100,000 ammunition. Seoul responded by offering 500,000 on the condition that the shells are not sold but rented. This was supposed to allow the South Korean government to retain some degree of ownership of the shells and prevent them from being sent to Ukraine without Seoul’s permission.
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Secret Pentagon documents that had previously surfaced on social media showed South Korean officials were concerned about Washington’s pressure on military aid to Ukraine and the possibility of reselling to Kiev the artillery shells provided by Seoul to the United States. According to published documents, then-Secretary of State Lee Moon-hee told National Security Advisor Kim Sun-han that the South Korean government was “stuck in fear that the United States would not be the end user” of the bullets.
The South Korean presidential office stated that most of the leaked documents were fake, saying that a third person was involved in the incident, and confirmed that it did not suspect that he was an ally of the United States.
The Russian Federation sent a note to NATO countries for the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that any cargo containing weapons for Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated that NATO countries are “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted that pumping weapons into Ukraine from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative effect.
The source said that the United States is in negotiations with South Korea on the supply of shells.
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