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Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Monday, promising to expand cooperation between the two countries despite being increasingly ostracized on the world stage.
“He said that we would continue to expand global and constructive bilateral relations with joint efforts, adding that this would fully comply with the interests of the peoples of the two countries and would help strengthen the security and stability of the Korean peninsula and the entire Korean region. ‘Northeast Asia,’ the North Korean state media KCNA wrote.
Putin sent the letter to commemorate Liberation Day, a national holiday that marks the liberation of Korea from Japan 77 years ago.
In March, North Korea joined Russia and three other countries in voting against a UN resolution condemning Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
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Kim also wrote a letter to Putin on Monday, telling the Russian president that “friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries based on brotherly friendship and militant unity will strengthen” in the coming years, the KCNA said.
Putin’s letter comes as the Kremlin tried to welcome Russia’s allies during the invasion of Ukraine.
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Zhang Hanhui, the Chinese ambassador to Moscow, earlier this week touted his country’s close relations with Russia and accused the United States of provoking Russia to invade Ukraine.
“As the architect and main instigator of the Ukrainian crisis, Washington, while imposing unprecedented global sanctions on Russia, continues to supply arms and military equipment to Ukraine,” Zhang told Russian media Tass.