Diplomatic rift deepens as South Korea expresses disapproval of Russian criticism

South Korea’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs, Chung Byung-won, informed Ambassador Georgy Zinoviev on Saturday of the nation’s disapproval. The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Chung stressed how the Russian fury over President Yoon’s remarks would only damage relations between the two countries on a diplomatic level.

The South Korean administration summoned Russian ambassadors to express disapproval of Moscow’s criticism of President Yoon Suk Yeol’s recent remarks regarding North Korea’s nuclear weapons development, which heightened tensions between the two countries.

South Korea’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs, Chung Byung-won, informed Ambassador Georgy Zinoviev on Saturday of the nation’s disapproval. The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Chung stressed how the Russian fury over President Yoon’s remarks would only damage relations between the two countries on a diplomatic level.

The ministry delivered a statement in which Deputy Minister Chung expressed regret for Russia’s rejection of reality and unwavering support for North Korea. He made the observation that the harsh rhetoric used to criticise President Yoon’s remarks will only worsen ties between Russia and Korea.

Following North Korea’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin strengthened connections with Seoul’s enemy, leading to the current diplomatic rift. North Korea has been charged by the US and its allies with supplying large quantities of missiles to Russia, purportedly in aid of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.

Concerns are raised over how the crisis may affect international relations and how the region’s alliances may change. The seriousness of the situation is highlighted by South Korea’s decision to call for Russian ambassadors, which suggests a possible strain in diplomatic ties between the two nations.