DPRK will continue to supply arms to Russia despite famine in country
Alina Hrytsenko, chief consultant at the National Institute for Strategic Studies, says that North Korea has been supplying Russia with weapons for almost two years
She said this on Espreso TV.
"During his visit to Russia, Kim Jong Un asked for financial, humanitarian and food aid. Currently, there is a serious famine in North Korea, but given the tightness of the country, it is difficult to investigate the extent of the famine. Most likely, North Korea will continue to supply Russia with certain types of weapons because it has been doing so for almost two years of war," Hrytsenko said.
According to her, Ukrainian soldiers found DPRK-made ammunition on the battlefield.
"There was also ammunition for cannon artillery and MLRS - these are weapons that the DPRK received from the USSR. But the question is the quantity and quality of these weapons. Most likely, these supplies will not change the situation at the front," emphasized Hrytsenko.
More details on cooperation between Russia and the DPRK
White House spokesman John Kirby said that talks between Russia and the DPRK on military cooperation were "actively progressing."
In July, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited the DPRK and met with his North Korean counterpart, among others.
In early August, the White House accused Russia of trying to buy munitions from the DPRK.
Oleksandr Musienko, head of the Center for Military Legal Studies, said that Russia has problems with the military and industrial complex, so Moscow is turning to the DPRK and Iran for help. According to him, Ukraine must be prepared for North Korea to supply weapons to Russia.
On August 31, the United States imposed sanctions on two Russian citizens over the development of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles for the DPRK.
On September 11, the North Korean leader had travelled by train to Vladivostok to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Oleksandr Kraiev, an expert at the Ukrainian Prism Foreign Policy Council, believes that Russia is preparing to receive weapons and ammunition from the DPRK in exchange for food.
On September 13, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian leader Vladimir Putin had a meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome.
September 15, South Korea's top diplomat hinted that Seoul may impose sanctions on Russia following the recent meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.
On October 7, it was reported that satellite images showed the highest traffic on the border between Russia and the DPRK in recent years. This comes a day after rumors surfaced about the start of the transfer of North Korean artillery to Russia.
On October 13, the White House reported that North Korea had supplied 1,000 containers of military equipment to Russia. The deliveries took place between September 7 and October 1.