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Putin Arrives in North Korea, Vows to 'Oppose' Western Sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to hold bilateral talks with North Korean officials. In the capital city of Pyongyang, Putin vowed to “resolutely oppose” Western sanctions imposed on both countries. The sanctions, led by the United States, target Russia for its actions in the Ukraine war and North Korea for […]

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to hold bilateral talks with North Korean officials. In the capital city of Pyongyang, Putin vowed to “resolutely oppose” Western sanctions imposed on both countries. The sanctions, led by the United States, target Russia for its actions in the Ukraine war and North Korea for its alleged nuclear and missile programs.

Putin’s comments were published in an op-ed piece in North Korean state media hours before his anticipated arrival for a two-day visit. This visit signifies the deepening alignment between Russia and North Korea as both nations face increasing confrontations with Washington.

The two leaders are scheduled to hold bilateral negotiations on June 19. Key issues on the agenda include the economy, energy, transport, agriculture, inter-regional relations, security issues, and international cooperation. In his op-ed, Putin criticized the West for hindering a multi-polar “world order.” He also discussed potential cooperation in tourism, culture, and education. According to the Hindustan Times, the two countries are exploring additional areas of collaboration.

Russia-North Korea Ties

Russia and North Korea have been strengthening their bilateral relationship over the past two decades. Putin made his first visit to North Korea as Russia’s President in 2000. Over the next decade, Russia supported nine major United Nations Security Council resolutions penalizing North Korea, including measures banning weapons trade, transfers of missile technology, and shipments of luxury goods to Pyongyang. Notably, Putin’s current visit between June 18-19, 2024, marks his second visit to North Korea.

The visit highlights the growing partnership between the two nations as they navigate their respective challenges with Western powers, underscoring their commitment to mutual support and cooperation.

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