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Russia promises to improve ties with North Korea.

Russia promises to improve ties with North Korea.

According to President Vladimir Putin, Russia and North Korea will deepen their “constructive and comprehensive bilateral relations.” On the anniversary of Pyongyang’s liberation, Mr. Putin wrote to his counterpart Kim Jong-un and stated that the action would be in the interests of both nations. Mr. Kim responded by saying that the defeat of Japan in World War Two had helped to build a bond between the two countries. Their “comradely friendship” would only get stronger, he continued. 

Formerly, the Soviet Union was a significant communist ally of North Korea, providing aid, assistance, and economic cooperation. Putin reportedly stated that deeper bilateral ties will “conform with the interests of the two countries,” according to the North Korean state news agency KCNA. 

The relationship between Russia and North Korea, which was “forged in the anti-Japanese fight,” has been “reinforced and developed century after century,” according to Mr. Kim’s letter. 

In the common front for thwarting the military threat and provocations of the hostile forces, it was also stated that “strategic and tactical co-operation, support, and solidarity” between the two countries “had been set on a new high level.” Although Pyongyang did not name the hostile troops, it has frequently used the phrase to refer to the US and its allies. On Monday, President Putin stated at an arms expo close to Moscow, “We are ready to supply allies and partners the most current types of armaments, from small arms to armored vehicles and artillery, combat planes, and unmanned aerial vehicles.” He bragged that “nearly all of them have been utilized in genuine combat operations more than once” and that Russian weaponry was prized for their “reliability, quality.” 

Despite having cutting-edge weapons like cruise missiles, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 proved expensive for the Russian military. Although the smaller Ukrainian forces have less firepower, they do have a variety of Western weapons that have caused significant damage. 

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After Russia issued a decree recognizing the independence of two separatist “people’s republics” in eastern Ukraine, North Korea was one of the few nations to formally recognize them. Ukraine severed all diplomatic ties with Pyongyang in retaliation. Despite heavy Ukrainian opposition, Russian forces are continuously attempting to tighten their hold on the Donetsk and Luhansk areas. A large portion of the Russian-made weapons used by North Korea date back to the Soviet era. But it possesses missiles that resemble Russian missiles. 

According to Alexander Matsegora, the Russian envoy to Pyongyang’s increased cooperation might result in “highly trained, industrious” North Korean laborers working to repair the devastated infrastructure of the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk under Russian control. He added that Pyongyang was eager to have eastern Ukraine send replacement parts for heavy machinery from the Soviet era to its enterprises and power facilities. He claimed that the two cities still held by Ukrainian forces, Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, were important hubs for that equipment. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, relations between Russia and North Korea deteriorated, but they steadily improved as Western relations with Russia deteriorated in recent years.

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