Russia has vowed to “develop [its] complete and constructive bilateral relations” with North Korea, mentioned its President Vladimir Putin.
In a letter despatched to his counterpart Kim Jong un on Pyongyang’s liberation day, Putin mentioned the transfer can be in each international locations’ pursuits.
In flip, Kim mentioned friendship between each nations had been cast in World Battle II with victory over Japan.
He added that their “comradely friendship” would develop stronger.
In response to a report by North Korean state media outlet KCNA, Putin mentioned the expanded bilateral relations would “conform with the pursuits of the 2 international locations”.
In his letter, Kim mentioned the Russia-North Korea friendship “cast within the anti-Japanese battle” had been “consolidated and developed century after century”.
It added “strategic and tactical cooperation, assist and solidarity” between the 2 international locations “had been placed on a brand new excessive stage, within the frequent entrance for irritating the hostile forces’ army risk and provocation”.
Pyongyang didn’t determine the hostile forces by title, however the time period has been used repeatedly by North Korea to check with the US and its allies.
The Soviet Union was as soon as a serious ally of North Korea, providing financial co-operation, cultural exchanges and help.
However the relationship suffered because the collapse of the Iron Curtain, solely steadily choosing up considerably after Russia’s gradual estrangement from the West because the early 2000s.
In July, North Korea was one of many few international locations to formally recognise two Russian-backed separatist states in jap Ukraine, after Russia signed a decree declaring them as impartial.
In retaliation, Ukraine, which is preventing off a Russian invasion of its territory, minimize off all diplomatic ties with Pyongyang. (BBC)