Sergey Lavrov in Pyongyang is preparing a meeting between Putin and Kim Jong-un

Lavrov and the hosts to discuss the results of Putin's visit to China

by Sededin Dedovic
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Sergey Lavrov in Pyongyang is preparing a meeting between Putin and Kim Jong-un
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to Pyongyang today holds significant importance as it lays the groundwork for the anticipated visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to North Korea. This diplomatic move underscores the recent strengthening of ties between Russia and the politically isolated Asian nation, as reported by Reuters.

Lavrov's two-day visit comes a month after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a rare trip to Russia, during which he extended an invitation to President Putin to visit Pyongyang. Their discussions primarily revolved around military cooperation, focusing on North Korea's satellite program and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

According to the Russian news agency TASS, Lavrov's agenda in North Korea will encompass a range of topics, including an in-depth review of the outcomes of Putin's recent visit to China. Additionally, discussions will center on the invitation for President Putin to visit the North Korean capital, an event that could further cement the growing ties between the two nations.

North Korea finds itself under stringent international sanctions

However, there have been increasing reports from US authorities and Western researchers, who claim to have documented satellite images that allegedly show North Korean weapons shipments to Russia.

These shipments are suspected to be destined for use in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. It's important to note that Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov refuted these Western accusations, asserting that they lack concrete evidence, as reported by TASS.

North Korea finds itself under stringent international sanctions, primarily due to its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. These sanctions have been enforced through UN Security Council resolutions, which were approved at a time when Russia was in support of such measures.

Notably, these resolutions permit cooperation with Pyongyang in military domains, as stated by Reuters. In summary, Minister Lavrov's visit to North Korea marks a pivotal moment in the evolving relationship between Russia and North Korea.

The invitation for President Putin to visit Pyongyang, as well as discussions surrounding military cooperation, sets the stage for further cooperation between the two nations, albeit amidst international scrutiny and allegations of weapons shipments.

The visit also underscores Russia's willingness to engage with North Korea, even as it grapples with international sanctions.

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