- Putin's invasion of Ukraine, which started eight months ago, has killed thousands of people, made millions of people homeless
- Putin also said that the US was "against logic and common sense" for getting involved in the dispute between China and Taiwan.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has denied that his country gave Ukraine any weapons that could kill people. This is because Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if South Korea did that, it would hurt their relationship.
Putin said this on Thursday at a conference in Moscow. He blamed the West for starting the war in Ukraine and said that if South Korea sent weapons to Ukraine, it would be the same as if Moscow sent arms to North Korea.
“We’ve given humanitarian and peaceful help to Ukraine in solidarity with the rest of the world, but we’ve never sent weapons or anything like that,” Yoon told reporters on Friday, as reported by the Yonhap News Agency in South Korea.
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— Yonhap News Agency (@YonhapNews) October 28, 2022
“But in any case, it’s a matter of our sovereignty, and I want you to know that we try to keep good relations with all countries around the world, including Russia,” he said.
Yonhap said that Seoul had sent bulletproof vests, helmets, and other non-lethal military supplies as well as medical supplies to Ukraine, but had denied Kyiv’s requests for weapons.
South Korea, which is a US ally, has said it won’t give lethal aid to Ukraine and has tried to avoid making Russia angry for economic reasons and because of the power Russia has over North Korea.
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which started eight months ago, has killed thousands of people, made millions of people homeless, shook the world economy, and brought back old divisions from the Cold War.
At a conference in Moscow on Thursday, Putin defended his war and blamed the US and West for starting the conflict in Ukraine. He also said that the West was playing a “dangerous, bloody, and dirty” geopolitical game that was spreading chaos all over the world.
Putin’s message to South Korea was, “How would the Republic of Korea feel if we started working with North Korea again in this area?”
When asked what he would like to tell people in Europe and the US, Putin said that they should know that Russia is not their enemy.
“Russia is your friend, and we have done everything for decades and are ready to do everything in the future to strengthen our relationship,” he said.
Putin also said that the US was “against logic and common sense” for getting involved in the dispute between China and Taiwan.