Vladimir Putin says Russia and North Korea ‘ready to confront ambition of West’ as he arrives for uncommon go to | EUROtoday

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Vladimir Putin arrived in North Korea on Tuesday, the Kremlin stated, heightening Western considerations over deepening army cooperation between Moscow and Pyongyang.

The Russian president’s “friendly state visit” on 18-19 June is his first journey to the neighbouring nation in 24 years.

Mr Putin will meet North Korean chief Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang. It might be their second assembly in lower than 9 months.

The two leaders are at work deepening relations between their international locations, pushed by their shared curiosity in countering the West and Russia’s want for help within the struggle in Ukraine.

The go to is predicted to additional cement the alliance.

In an article for the Rodong Sinmun newspaper forward of the go to, Mr Putin taunted the West by thanking North Korea for its “unwavering support” to Russia’s struggle in Ukraine, and declared that they’re “ready to confront the ambition of the collective West”.

The allies are “actively advancing their multifaceted partnership” and constructing “alternative trade and mutual settlement mechanisms” that aren’t managed by the West, he wrote.

Mr Putin stated Russia has “incessantly supported” North Korea and can proceed backing it in opposition to “economic pressure, provocations, blackmailing and military threats” employed by the US in opposition to Pyongyang.

“We are also ready to closely work together to bring more democracy and stability to international relations,” he stated.

Mr Putin is predicted to obtain a grand welcome in Pyongyang. Satellite photos from Planet Labs and Maxar Technologies present preparations underway for an enormous parade within the metropolis’s central sq., with a grandstand erected on the jap facet.

Mr Putin will keep on the Kumsusan guesthouse, a grand state constructing which hosted Chinese chief Xi Jinping in 2019. He is scheduled to take pleasure in a live performance and go to an orthodox church within the capital.

A combination image shows a view of planes in a parking apron at the Pyongyang International Airport on 6 June and an empty parking apron on 11 June
A mixture picture exhibits a view of planes in a parking apron on the Pyongyang International Airport on 6 June and an empty parking apron on 11 June (Getty)

Mr Putin is accompanied by defence minister Andrei Belousov, international minister Sergey Lavrov and deputy prime minister Alexander Novak.

Speaking about Mr Putin’s go to, the White House stated the US is worried by deepening cooperation between Moscow and Pyongyang.

“We’re not concerned about the trip,” nationwide safety council spokesperson John Kirby instructed reporters on Monday. “What we are concerned about is the deepening relationship between these two countries.”

Ahead of the Russian chief’s go to, Mr Kim appeared to boast about elevated manufacturing whereas visiting munitions factories final week. He confirmed off warehouses filled with ballistic missiles.

The US and its allies have accused North Korea of supplying weapons for Russia’s struggle in Ukraine in return for meals, gasoline and international forex, in addition to Moscow’s assist with its nascent army satellite tv for pc programme and area exploration.

A Ukrainian official shows parts of an unidentified missile suspected to have been made in North Korea and used in a Russian strike on Kharkiv
A Ukrainian official exhibits elements of an unidentified missile suspected to have been made in North Korea and utilized in a Russian strike on Kharkiv (Reuters)

The G7 summit in Italy final week denounced in “the strongest possible terms the increasing military cooperation” between the 2 nations, not least North Korea’s alleged export of ballistic missiles to Russia.

Moscow and Pyongyang have denied the accusations.

Mr Putin’s journey was confirmed throughout Mr Kim’s go to to Russia in his armoured prepare final September.

Mr Kim visited delicate Russian area and army services and Mr Putin defended their “sacred struggle” in opposition to the “band of evil” within the West.

Mr Putin later gifted Mr Kim an expensive Aurus Senat limousine, which he had proven him throughout their summit in September. The cargo violated a UN decision prohibiting the provision of luxurious gadgets to North Korea, observers stated.