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Russia is forming its coalition: White House responds to Putin's visit to DPRK

20 June, 2024 Thursday
10:57

The White House has responded to Russian leader Vladimir Putin's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, stating that Russia aims to form a coalition with countries like North Korea, Iran, Syria, and to some extent, China

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Michael Carpenter, Senior Director for European Affairs at the White House National Security Council said this, Ukrinform reports.

Regarding the meeting between Putin and Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang with all the pomp that reflects North Korea's totalitarian regime, it's clear this is about expanding their partnership, Carpenter said.

He believes this highlights Russia's position on the global stage. According to Carpenter, Russia's closest partners are North Korea, Iran, Syria, and somewhat China, which, although not supplying weapons, sends many dual-purpose products for advanced weapons systems.

He specified that this includes nitrocellulose for gunpowder, optics, and machinery for Russia's military industry. This, he said, increases the threat to Ukraine and European security.

This is the coalition Russia is forming, but if we compare it to the coalition of 50 countries in the Ukraine Defense Contact Group and the approximately 100 countries supporting the UN Charter in Switzerland, we’ll see a stark contrast, added Carpenter.

  • The day before, Putin arrived in DPRK at Kim Jong-un's invitation. The countries agreed on a comprehensive strategic partnership, ensuring mutual assistance in case of an attack on either nation. The DPRK leader expressed "unconditional support" for Russia in the war with Ukraine.
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