Russia Summons South Korean Ambassador In Protest Over Sanctions

On April 5, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that it had summoned the South Korean ambassador to protest South Korean sanctions on two Russian vessels, two Russian organizations, and two Russian citizens linked to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. 

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday that the sanctions by South Korea were “unfriendly” and are “deeply regrettable”. The sanctions will “have a negative impact on relations with Russia” Zakharova said when speaking to reporters, according to Reuters. 

This comes as Russia and North Korea have deepened relations between each other. The prior week, Russia vetoed the renewal of a United Nations monitoring mission that checked the enforcement of U.N. sanctions against North Korea. 

Zakharova blamed the United States for creating “instability” on the Korean peninsula, according to Reuters.