(ConservativeInsider.org) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering a visit to Pyongyang, North Korea, signaling a potential deepening of ties between the two pariah states facing mounting international pressure.
On Sunday, January 21, North Korea’s state news agency KCNA announced that Putin expressed his eagerness to visit North Korea soon during a courtesy meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui in Moscow last week. This comes after a recent September summit between the two nations, reinforcing the friendship and cooperation established under the banner of shared adversity.
The potential visit, which would be Putin’s first to Pyongyang in over two decades, comes as both nations find themselves increasingly isolated by the West. The West has imposed unprecedented sanctions and ostracization on Russia due to its ongoing illegal invasion of Ukraine, while North Korea’s nuclear program and ballistic missile tests remain a constant source of regional and global tension.
According to the North Korean statement, both sides have voiced concerns about the U.S. and its allied forces’ provocative actions, indicating a common stance against Western dominance. Russia notably expressed appreciation for Pyongyang’s full support in its military operation in Ukraine, an apparent reference to the ongoing war.
The recent alignment between Russia and North Korea has raised concerns in the West. U.K. Defense Secretary Grant Shapps said that the world’s rejection of Russia has compelled Putin to seek support from North Korea to sustain his illegal invasion. Shapps also cautioned that this situation exacerbates the global security crisis and violates multiple UN resolutions.
While the exact timing and purpose of Putin’s potential Pyongyang visit remain unclear, its symbolic significance is glaring. Furthermore, this could signal the formalization of the growing Russian-North Korean alliance, potentially leading to increased military, economic, and diplomatic cooperation.
Ultimately, the implications extend far beyond the two nations involved, as a strengthened Russia-North Korea axis could further destabilize the Korean peninsula, challenge the global order, and embolden other countries to pursue their own agendas beyond the confines of international norms.
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