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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, promising to expand cooperation between the two countries despite their growing ostracism on the world stage.
“He said that we will continue to develop the comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with joint efforts, adding that this will be fully in line with the interests of the peoples of the two countries and contribute to enhancing the security and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the entire Northeast Asian region,” North Korean state media KCNA wrote.
Putin sent the letter to commemorate Liberation Day, a national holiday that marks Korea’s liberation from Japan 77 years ago.
North Korea joined Russia and three other countries in voting against a United Nations resolution in March 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 friendship and militant unity will grow stronger” in the years to come, KCNA said.
Putin’s letter comes as the Kremlin seeks to move closer to Russia’s allies amid the invasion of Ukraine.
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Zhang Hanhui, China’s ambassador to Moscow, touted his country’s close relationship with Russia earlier this week and accused the United States of provoking Russia to invade Ukraine.
“As the architect and main instigator of the Ukraine crisis, Washington, while imposing unprecedented comprehensive sanctions on Russia, continues to supply arms and military equipment to Ukraine,” Zhang told Russian media Tass. .