How to deal with foreign keys from another microservice?

I have 2 microservices: one for subjects and one for questions. Don't ask me why. It has to be like that. So in questions I have this m2m-like model:

class QuestionsSubjects(models.Model):
    question = models.ForeignKey(Question, ...)
    subject_id = models.PositiveIntegerField()

And question model has this property:

def subjects(self) -> QuerySet[int]:
    return QuestionsSubjects.objects \
        .filter(question=self).values_list('subject_id', flat=True)

I don't have Subject model I only have ids coming from frontend. I need to store relations between questions and subjects. But what I have now is not convenient because it's hard to create questions with subjects.

For example, I have this QuestionSerializer:

class QuestionSerializer(serializers.ModelSerializer):
    subjects = serializers.ListField(child=serializers.IntegerField())

    class Meta:
        model = Question
        fields = [
            # some other question fields

    def create(self, validated_data: dict[str, Any]) -> Question:
        subject_ids: list[int] = validated_data.pop('subjects', [])
        question = Question.objects.create(**validated_data)

        create_questions_subjects(question, subject_ids)

        return question

    def update(self, question: Question, validated_data: dict[str, Any]) -> Question:
        # delete all existing rows for specific question

        # and recreate them with new subject ids
        subject_ids: list[int] = validated_data.pop('subjects', [])
        create_questions_subjects(question, subject_ids)

        return super().update(question, validated_data)

The problem is I'm getting subject ids from client and everytime I need to go through each subject id and create row in QuestionsDirections for each subject with specific question. So I created function called create_questions_subjects:

def create_questions_subjects(
    question: Question,
    subject_ids: list[int]
) -> None:
    questions_subjects_list: list[QuestionsSubjects] = []

    for id in subject_ids:
            QuestionsSubjects(question=question, subject_id=id)


But I don't where I have to put it. It's still in It works but looking so ugly to me. Is there a better way of dealing with such a task?

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