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Lee condemns Russia's invasion of Ukraine

All News 15:07 March 01, 2022

SEOUL, March 1 (Yonhap) -- Ruling party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung on Tuesday strongly condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine, saying it is shocking that a U.N. Security Council member carried out such an incursion in direct violation of the U.N. Charter.

Lee of the ruling Democratic Party made the remark during a discussion hosted jointly by the Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the French-Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry, saying South Korea's government should join international sanctions on Russia.

"An armed invasion in this 21st century is an act that is difficult even to imagine and should not happen," Lee said. "It is very surprising that a member of the U.N. Security Council carried out the armed invasion in direct violation of the U.N. Charter."

Lee said the government should join sanctions against Russia while "carefully taking care of the safety and interests of businesses and people."

"Even though Russia is very close economically and geographically, we should join the international community in efforts to actively impose sanctions against the act that not only damages the market economy order but also does serious harm to the international economy," he said.

These hard-line remarks came after Lee came under fire for appearing to blame Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for provoking Russia to invade the country with his decision to join NATO while calling Zelenskyy a "novice politician."

Lee made the controversial remarks during a TV presidential debate Friday while trying to underscore the political inexperience of main opposition candidate Yoon Suk-yeol of the conservative People Power Party.

Lee Jae-myung, presidential candidate of the ruling Democratic Party, speaks during a discussion hosted jointly by the Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the French-Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry on March 1. (Yonhap)


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