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Russia: Putin 'Upset' With Japan's Aid To Ukraine And South Korea's Sanctions, Warns Of Consequences

Nayan Dwivedi

Dec 27, 2023, 05:24 PM | Updated 05:23 PM IST

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In a noteworthy development, Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed strong displeasure over Japan's decision to provide Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine.

As reported by Hindustan Times, the move has strained the already difficult relations between Moscow and Tokyo, particularly since Russia's military intervention in Ukraine in February 2022.

The Russian foreign ministry has issued a warning, cautioning that Japan's decision would have "grave consequences."

Simultaneously, South Korea has drawn Russia's ire by expanding its list of restricted exports to Moscow.

This move by Seoul, part of the global efforts to sanction Russia, includes adding over 600 types of goods with potential military applications to its export control list for Russia.

The expanded list encompasses items such as heavy construction equipment, rechargeable batteries, aeronautical components, and certain vehicles.

Russia has sternly warned South Korea against being surprised if it faces retaliation for its actions.

Meanwhile, the Russian foreign ministry labeled South Korea's move as "an unfriendly move taken at Washington's behest" and asserted that it would not only harm South Korea's economy and industry but also reserve the right to take measures in response.

The warning includes the possibility of non-symmetrical responses, indicating Russia's willingness to employ various strategies to counter South Korea's actions.

As the diplomatic fallout continues, these developments highlight the widening repercussions of the conflict in Ukraine, impacting diplomatic relations and trade dynamics between Russia and other nations.

Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.

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