Russia ‘highly values’ North Korean support against Ukraine

SpaceWar.com reports: “Russia ‘highly values’ North Korea’s support for its Ukraine campaign, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Pyongyang on Wednesday, with Western concerns mounting over the historic allies’ deepening military ties.

Lavrov’s comments came as he began a two-day visit to Pyongyang that is expected to lay the groundwork for a trip by President Vladimir Putin.

‘We highly value your principled, unambiguous support for Russia’s actions in connection with the special military operation in Ukraine,’ Lavrov was quoted as saying by Russia’s RIA news agency.

The foreign minister’s trip comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un travelled to Russia to meet Putin last month, his first trip abroad since the pandemic began.

Lavrov arrived in Pyongyang from Beijing, where Putin hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday as an ‘old friend’ during a rare trip abroad.

Putin, guest of honour at a summit celebrating Xi’s vast Belt and Road investments project, told reporters the two had met alone ‘eye-to-eye’ and that mounting global conflicts ‘strengthen’ their countries’ relations…”

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