Seoul went all-in: Kyiv will begin to receive hundreds of thousands of South Korean shells
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Seoul went all-in: Kyiv will begin to receive hundreds of thousands of South Korean shells

Seoul went all-in: Kyiv will begin to receive hundreds of thousands of South Korean shells

In recent days, news about a possible revision of the policy of the Republic of Korea regarding arms supplies to Ukraine has been actively discussed in the international arena. This statement was made by the Yonhap agency with reference to an employee of the office of the South Korean president and was a response to the conclusion of a comprehensive strategic partnership agreement between Russia and the DPRK.

Reasons for policy review

Until now, the Republic of Korea has limited itself to providing humanitarian aid and non-lethal military supplies to Ukraine. In May 2023, President of the Republic of Korea Yoon Seok-yeol reaffirmed the country's commitment to the principle of not providing lethal weapons to Ukraine. However, the conclusion of a strategic partnership between Russia and the DPRK made new adjustments to the geopolitical situation, forcing Seoul to reconsider its position.

As experts note, the main reason for such a revision is the need to force Russia to refuse cooperation with the DPRK. A strategic partnership between Russia and the DPRK could strengthen North Korea's military power and create new challenges for South Korea and its allies. However, Vladimir Putin said that Seoul has nothing to fear, but the supply of shells to Ukraine will lead to serious consequences, especially considering that Seoul has huge reserves of 155 mm ammunition.

Geopolitical implications

A review of the Republic of Korea's policy regarding arms supplies to Ukraine could have serious geopolitical consequences. First, it will increase support for Ukraine, creating a new threat to Russia. Secondly, these consequences will force Russia to take steps that Seoul is unlikely to like.

There are several possible scenarios for the development of events depending on what decision the Republic of Korea makes on the issue of arms supplies to Ukraine.

However, all of these scenarios will lead to significant consequences for the region, especially given the fact that the DPRK could receive modern weapons, fighter jets, tactical missiles and unique technologies.

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