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What is the importance of Putin’s visit to North Korea for the two countries?

Russian President Vladimir Putin went to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un in a rare visit that is expected to strengthen relations between the two countries, which Western countries consider a threat.
Shortly after assuming the presidency in Russia in 2000, Vladimir Putin sought to renew relations with North Korea, and became the first Russian leader to travel to Pyongyang to meet with Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il.
Moscow and Pyongyang have continued to grow closer since then, and Russia canceled most of its ally’s debts in 2012.
The two countries subject to broad international sanctions have also significantly strengthened their relations since the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine in February 2022. As its isolation increases on the international stage, Moscow is looking for allies.
Putin’s upcoming visit to North Korea comes nine months after he received the North Korean leader in the Russian Far East. During this visit, the two men exchanged praise, but they did not officially announce that an agreement had been reached.
According to Western countries, Pyongyang relied on its huge stockpile of munitions to supply Russia with large quantities of them. The Pentagon accused Moscow last week of using North Korean ballistic missiles in Ukraine.
In return, Washington and Seoul say that Russia has provided North Korea with the necessary expertise for its satellite program and has sent aid to confront food shortages in the country.
Last March, Russia used its veto in the UN Security Council to put an end to monitoring violations of international sanctions imposed on North Korea.
Analysts have warned of North Korea’s increased testing and production of artillery shells and cruise missiles, with the aim of delivering future shipments of weapons to Russia for use against Ukraine. North Korea has a nuclear weapon.
Vladimir Putin’s diplomatic advisor, Yuri Ushakov, spoke of the signing of “important documents with great significance.”
Putin will be accompanied on his visit to North Korea by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Andrei Belousov

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