Russia promises to expand ties with North Korea – Baltic News Network

Russia has pledged to “expand comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations” with North Korea, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. BBC.

In a letter sent to his counterpart Kim Jong Un on the day of Pyongyang’s liberation, the Russian president said the move would benefit both countries.

The North Korean leader, meanwhile, said the friendship between the two countries was built on their victory over Japan in World War II.

Kim added that their friendship will grow stronger.

North Korean state media KCNA reported that President Vladimir Putin said expanding bilateral ties would be in the interests of both countries.

It added that “strategic and tactical cooperation, support and solidarity” between the two countries “has been placed at a new height in the united front to defeat the military threats and provocations of hostile forces.”

The BBC notes that North Korea did not identify its hostile forces by name, but the term is repeatedly used by North Korea to refer to the United States and its allies.

The Soviet Union was once a major ally of North Korea, providing economic cooperation, cultural exchanges and aid. However, relations have deteriorated since the fall of the Iron Curtain, and have gradually recovered after Russia’s gradual alienation from the West since the early 2000s.

In July, North Korea was one of the few countries to officially recognize two Russian-backed separatist states in eastern Ukraine after Russia signed a decree declaring independence.

In retaliation, Ukraine, which is repelling Russia’s territorial aggression, has cut all diplomatic ties with North Korea. Russia promises to expand ties with North Korea – Baltic News Network

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