The South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has announced that they will expand their support in Ukraine beyond humanitarian and economic assistance should Russia launch a large-scale attack on civilians.
This is the first time that Seoul has announced that they will provide weapons to Ukraine.
Yoon said in an interview with Reuters, “If there is a situation the international community cannot condone, such as any large-scale attack on civilians, massacre or serious violation of the laws of war, it might be difficult for us to insist only on humanitarian or financial support.”
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Yoon said the South Korean government are exploring ways as to how they can help defend and rebuild Ukraine, in the same way the international community did for South Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War.
This is has been met with much anger by Moscow and Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chair of the security council of the Russian Federation has threatened Seoul following Yoon’s announcement.
Medvedev wrote on Telegram in a warning to South Korea, “There are new ones willing to help our enemies.
“South Korean president Yun Sok-yeol said that, in principle, the state is ready to supply weapons to the Kyiv regime.
“Until recently, the South Koreans ardently assured that the possibility of supplying lethal weapons to Kyiv was completely ruled out.”
Russia hinted that they will send lethal weapons to Kim Jongun in North Korea in retaliation, Medvedev said, “I wonder what the inhabitants of this country will say when they see the latest designs of Russian weapons from their closest neighbours – our partners from the DPRK? What is called ‘Quid pro quo…'”