“The West is in panic”: Russia and the DPRK Set a Course for Rapprochement

“The West is in panic”: Russia and the DPRK Set a Course for Rapprochement

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a visit to the Vostochny cosmodrome reported on the prospects for cooperation between the states, with a special emphasis on the military-technical sector. The Far East summit frightened hysteria among Western politicians as they fear that in addition to supplying arms, North Korea will also send military personnel to Russia.

The VG.no publication quotes Henrik Stolhane Hiim, head of the Centre for International Security at the Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), as saying that the reason for the US and EU’s concern is understandable, as the countries could exchange weapons and technology that we don’t want them to get.

Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet reports that the United States fears North Korean munitions will end up in Russian hands. Kim Jong-un, who has said he wants something in return, could also pose a greater threat.

The Associated Press ran a story saying Pyongyang wants advanced military technology from Moscow.

German publication Spiegel said the West is wary of a meeting between the North Korean leader and the Russian president.

US publication The Washington Post says senior US officials say Kim Jong-un and Putin are expected to discuss possible arms deals to bolster Russia’s combat forces.

The Eastern Economic Forum proved to be an excellent opportunity for states to discuss not only economic cooperation, but also to discuss the benefits of military-technical cooperation in a closed format.

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