South Korea to increase aid to Ukraine, says president

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol promised on Saturday “scaling up” humanitarian aid and military equipment non-lethal that he delivers to Ukraine, on his first visit to kyiv, to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.

South Korea, which is the ninth largest arms exporter in the world, has a long-standing policy of not delivering weapons to areas where there is conflict active and has upheld this principle despite repeated requests from the United States, European powers and Ukraine.

seoul “will expand the scale of supplies compared to last year, when we delivered materials such as helmets and bulletproof vestsYoon said, adding that humanitarian aid will increase to $150 million in 2023 from $100 million donated in 2022.

Zelenski thanked the South Korean president for the gesture of visiting the country at war for the first time.

“Thank you for this meaningful conversation. Thank you for your strong support”said the Ukrainian president during an appearance before the press together with Yoon.

The Ukrainian president also thanked the shipment of demining vehicles and equipment that “helped save many lives.”

“The Ukraine of now reminds me of the South Korea of ​​the past”Yoon said, praising international aid that allowed his country to “achieve a miraculous victory” against Pyongyang and become one of the world’s largest economies.

Seoul, which is technically still at war with North Korea, produces large volumes of weapons that are compatible with equipment used by NATO.

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