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Russia's foreign minister thanks North Korea for 'unwavering' support of its war in Ukraine

  

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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  9 months ago  •  10 comments

By:   The Associated PressBy The Associated Press

Russia's foreign minister thanks North Korea for 'unwavering' support of its war in Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov thanked North Korea for its support for Russia's war on Ukraine as he arrived in Pyongyang on Wednesday.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov thanked North Korea for its support for Russia's war on Ukraine as he arrived in Pyongyang on Wednesday, days after the United States said the North had transferred munitions to Russia to strengthen its warfighting capabilities.

Russian state television ran footage of crowds greeting Lavrov in the pouring rain in Pyongyang, the capital, alongside a welcoming party waving pompoms. Lavrov said his visit was an opportunity to discuss implementing the unspecified agreements between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when they met at Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome in September.

Lavrov later attended a reception where North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said the countries were building an "unbreakable comradely relationship" under the "strategic" decisions and leadership of Kim and Putin, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said.

Lavrov said in a speech that Russia deeply values North Korea's "unwavering and principled support" for its war on Ukraine as well as Pyongyang's decision to recognize the independence of Russian-backed separatist regions in eastern Ukraine, according to his comments published by Russia's Foreign Ministry.

"We are fully aware that many countries worldwide share similar viewpoints and assessments, but only a select few, such as the DPRK, explicitly declare their solidarity with Russia and can express it openly," Lavrov said, using the initials of North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Lavrov also praised North Korea for "firmly defending its sovereignty and security, remaining unfazed by any pressure of the U.S. and the West," and that Russia fully supports the policies of Kim's government to protect its security and economic interests, KCNA said.

Earlier in the week, Lavrov accompanied Putin on a visit to Beijing that underscored Chinese support for Moscow's war in Ukraine.

The Sept. 13 meeting between Kim and Putin set off Western concerns about a potential arms alliance in which North Korea would supply Russia with munitions to fuel its war in Ukraine in exchange for advanced Russian technologies to strengthen Kim's weapons program.

The White House said last Friday that North Korea had shipped more than 1,000 containers of military equipment and munitions to Russia between Sept. 7 and Oct. 1.

After arriving in Pyongyang, Lavrov hailed Putin's meeting with Kim as historic, saying their talks demonstrated the countries' "deep interest in the development of comprehensive cooperation."

The recently flurry of diplomacy between Moscow and Pyongyang underscores how their interests are aligning in the face of their separate, intensifying confrontations with the United States.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited North Korea in July for meetings with Kim, who also invited him to a military parade in Pyongyang that showcased North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles designed to target the United States. Kim's visit to Russia in September was his first foreign trip since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

During his two-day visit, Lavrov is expected to meet with Choe. Putin has accepted an invitation from Kim to visit North Korea, but the timing has not been announced.


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evilone
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1  evilone    9 months ago

I'm sure Trump is pissed he wasn't invited.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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2  Nerm_L    9 months ago

Not sure why this reporting is significant other than confirmation of what was already known.  The diplomacy between Russia and North Korea does highlight that Biden has reignited the Cold War.  Putin and the Kremlin may have wanted a return to Cold War geopolitics which would mean Biden was a willing accomplice.  Granted Biden's contribution was only a kneejerk reliance on the Cold War playbook that had become obsolete.

Whether through deliberate premeditation or complacent push-button politics, the Cold War is back.  Biden made that possible whether he wanted it or not.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1  devangelical  replied to  Nerm_L @2    9 months ago

I'm looking forward to my future interactions with putin sympathizers.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @2.1    9 months ago
I'm looking forward to my future interactions with putin sympathizers.

Planned it all out already, eh?

Have lots of interactions with them?

 
 
 
Michael C.
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2.1.2  Michael C.  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.1    9 months ago

Apparently his comment went right over your head (to coin a phrase).

I'm surprised...

 
 
 
CB
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2.2  CB  replied to  Nerm_L @2    9 months ago

Chalking this one up to those: Who NEVER miss an opportunity to victimize liberals and especially President Biden!  Yeah, yeah, thous protesteth too much!

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.2.1  Texan1211  replied to  CB @2.2    9 months ago

If liberals are victims, look no further than your leadership.

 
 
 
Michael C.
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2.2.2  Michael C.  replied to  CB @2.2    9 months ago
Yeah, yeah, thous protesteth too much!

I wonder if its that its too much-- or rather the cutting edge wit with which its presented?

 
 
 
Michael C.
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2.3  Michael C.  replied to  Nerm_L @2    9 months ago
Putin and the Kremlin may have wanted a return to Cold War geopolitics which would mean Biden was a willing accomplice.

How so? 

That makes no sense at all.

Unless of course you actually believe that "Putin and the Kremlin" are totally controlled by Biden...and have no ideas of their own.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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2.3.1  Nerm_L  replied to  Michael C. @2.3    9 months ago
Unless of course you actually believe that "Putin and the Kremlin" are totally controlled by Biden...and have no ideas of their own.

I believe you have that backwards.  And that doesn't mean Putin and the Kremlin controls Biden, either.  Biden's foreign policy is so predictable that any provocation would elicit a known response.  Both allies and adversaries can get what they want from Biden with the proper actions in a desired sequence.

Joe Biden is not a thinking politician.  Biden is a formulaic politician that follows the playbook.  And Biden hasn't contributed much, if anything, to creating the playbook.  Biden will follow the Cold War playbook and Biden will follow the 2-state playbook.  An ally or adversary wanting a return to those conditions can easily achieve that goal.  Unfortunately Biden's kneejerk response will also tend to force conditions to follow the playbooks of the past, too.  

With Biden, a return to old, stale, and obsolete foreign policy has been predictable and may have been inevitable.  Biden's legacy is deja vu all over again.

 
 

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