A desperate Vladimir Putin would be considering turning to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to ask for military support in the invasion of Ukraine. According to rumors coming from Russia, the Kremlin would be willing to offer energy and grain in exchange for 100,000 soldiers.
North Korea would have made it clear through its “diplomatic channels” that not only would it be willing to send military aid to tip the scales in Moscow’s favor, but it could also take part in rebuilding the war damage suffered by Russian units on the war field. . This is according to what was reported specifically by the Russian non-governmental news agency Regnum.
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The defense expert journalist, Igor Korotchenkowould have partially confirmed the possible alliance Pyongyang-Moscow on Russian state TV: “We shouldn’t be shy about accepting Kim Jong-un’s extended hand“. Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the Russian national defense newspaper on Rossiya 1 channel, specifically stated: “There are reports that 100,000 North Korean volunteers are ready to come and take part in the conflict“. Although his statements have been contested by other presenters of the same Russian propaganda channel.
Korotchenko however he insisted: “If North Korea expresses a desire to fulfill its international duty to fight Ukrainian fascism, we should let it do so.“.
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Relations between Russia and North Korea
The ties between Russia and North Korea have historical roots, dating back to 1948, when the Soviet Union became the first country to officially recognize the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. During the Korean War, the North Korean army was largely supported by the USSR. Relations between the two countries continued even after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, mainly thanks to the push of Vladimir Putin.
Kim Jong-un, one who rarely leaves his borders, accepted an invitation to visit Russia in 2015, the two leaders then met in Vladivostok in 2019. When Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the North Korea was one of five countries to vote against a UN resolution condemning the invasion. North Korea also became the third country to recognize the independence of the breakaway states of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine, territory conquered by Russian forces during the invasion.
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