Kim and Putin meet in Pyongyang as rivals worry about North Korea and Russia's military ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow and Pyongyang will sign an agreement that will bolster their ties, and thanked North Korea for supporting the Kremlin's policies in Ukraine.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Seoul | Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow and Pyongyang will sign an agreement that will bolster their ties, and thanked North Korea for supporting the Kremlin's policies in Ukraine.

Speaking at the start of his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Russian leader said in remarks carried by Russian state Tass and RIA Novosti news agencies that the “new fundamental document will form the basis of our ties for a long perspective.” Putin also hailed a “close friendship” between the two countries based on “equality and respect of mutual interests,” and noted their “fight against the imperialist hegemonistic policies of the U.S. and its satellites against the Russian Federation.”

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