Ukraine cancels the agreement on trade, economic and technical cooperation with Syria 


On Tuesday, Ukraine announced the cancellation of the trade, economic and technical cooperation agreement with Syria.

The Ukrainian Parliament stated in a statement that, on May 2, it had adopted a law ending the agreement concluded between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic on trade, economic and technical cooperation.

The statement indicated that the adoption of the law aims to protect national interests with regard to diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Syria, which supports the military and political leadership of Russia in its military invasion of Ukraine and recognizes the so-called independence of the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

The statement indicated that the Ukrainian legal framework must be in line with the current reality of international relations regarding Syria.

In the summer of 2022, Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Syria and imposed a trade embargo after the latter recognized the independence of parts of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, which Russia controls.

At the end of September 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a document to annex Ukrainian provinces to Russia, namely Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia, amid widespread Western rejection and condemnation.

Russia currently control the four provinces, after launching a military operation against Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

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