Vladimir Putin visits North Korea seeking extra ammunition and missiles for his struggle in Ukraine | EUROtoday

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Vladimir Putin had not set foot in North Korea for twenty-four years. The journey had been within the works since North Korean chief Kim Jong-un boarded his armored practice final yr to go to the Russian Far East, with stops at fighter jet factories and a rocket launch facility. Putin was maybe ready for the best second to return the go to to considered one of his fundamental companions: after having began his fifth time period and after a summit of the G-7 allied powers and one other peace summit for Ukraine.

North Korea goes to offer Putin a pompous reception that reveals the more and more deep alignment between each authoritarian regimes. The Moscow-Pyongyang axis relies on a relationship of shared pursuits. Putin is searching for extra weapons, particularly North Korean ammunition and projectiles that the Russian military has already used for its struggle in Ukraine. Kim, for his half, wants Russian navy expertise to develop spy satellites and proceed enhancing his nuclear program.

To this we should add the important diplomatic assist of Moscow, a everlasting member of the UN Security Council, to cease new sanctions towards Pyongyang for the continual launches of ballistic missiles. With Russian backing, Kim feels resistant to persevering with to broaden his arms race.

On Tuesday, the official newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party, Rodong Sinmunrevealed a letter despatched by Putin by which he guarantees “unwavering support” to the Asian nation to defend its pursuits towards what he calls “pressure, blackmail and military threats” from the United States.

“We very much appreciate that the DPRK (North Korea) is firmly supporting Russia's special military operations being carried out in Ukraine,” Putin provides. “The two countries are now actively developing a multi-faceted partnership. This trip will elevate bilateral cooperation to a higher level,” he continues. Putin assured that each international locations would collectively keep away from worldwide sanctions by deepening financial and commerce cooperation.

In addition to his first journey to North Korea since 2000, Putin has change into the primary world chief to go to Pyongyang for the reason that finish of the airtight North Korean regime because of the pandemic. Kim's nation has solely simply begun to open its doorways to some vacationer journeys this yr. -of Russian tourists- and to renew business exchanges with China, who, in contrast to Russia, maintains a extra distant and chilly relationship with its Asian neighbor.

From the West they see Putin's go to as a chance for the Russian to attempt to strengthen its navy ties with North Korea. Washington and Seoul have accused Pyongyang of exporting weapons to Russia. Between August 2023 and February 2024, North Korea would have despatched round 6,700 containers to Russia with a number of rocket launchers and greater than three million 152 mm artillery projectiles. This is what a report from the South Korean Ministry of Defense said.

U.S. officers allege that North Korea has shipped about 11,000 containers filled with weapons to Russia by sea and rail since September, when Kim visited Putin in Vladivostok. The shipments would even have included Hwasong-11 class ballistic missiles. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin instructed US lawmakers a month in the past that the availability of North Korean munitions and missiles, in addition to Iranian drones, had allowed Russian forces to “get back on their feet.”

The journey to Pyongyang can be Putin's first cease on an Asian tour will proceed on Wednesday in Vietnam, one other authoritarian regime dominated by the Communist Party and which is presently one of many quickest rising economies within the area. In May, the Russian president made a state go to to Beijing to strengthen the strategic partnership together with his counterpart Xi Jinping. With these journeys, Putin intends to interrupt the picture of isolation after the widespread worldwide condemnation for the invasion of Ukraine.