The meeting between Kim Jong-Un and Vladimir Putin is closely scrutinized by Ukraine and its allies. They fear seeing the North Korean regime sell weapons to foreign countries. Russia.
The meeting between Kim Jong-Un and Vladimir Putin is a thunderbolt on the international scene. It marks a new stage in the attempt at military cooperation between the two countries. Ukraine's allies fear that Russia is sourcing weapons from Korea North East, due to Russia's growing isolation on the international scene and arms shortages on the Ukrainian front.
Washington and its allies have warned North Korea that it would face sanctions if it supplied weapons to the US. Russia. However, the meeting between Kim Jong-Un and Vladimir Putin leaves much to be desired. think that Russia is prepared to take risks to obtain military equipment. Putin thus shared "perspectives" of military cooperation with the North Korean regime.
Westerners are worried to see Russia turning to North Korea to obtain weapons. They fear that this will allow Moscow to support its war effort in Ukraine.
Moscow hopes, secretly for the moment, to obtain an agreement on munitions and artillery bombs according to the BBC. Supplies that Pyongyang has in large quantities. Military cooperation between Russia and North Korea would be a victory for Kim Jong-Un's regime. The North Korean regime is isolated and under international sanctions. A military cooperation agreement with Russia would allow it to strengthen its position and obtain weapons and potentially develop advanced technologies. A military contract would therefore be beneficial to two powers.
Why is Putin turning to Kim Jong-Un?
Russia needs military equipment to continue its war in Ukraine. International sanctions have hit hard. its defense industry, and ammunition stocks are declining. The meeting between Kim Jong-Un and Vladimir Putin is an attempt by Russia to diversify its sources of arms supply. Russia is already dependent on China. However, Xi Jinping is not willing to do so. à meet the new needs of Russia.
North Korea, for its part, is an experienced arms producer, which has a diversified arsenal. In the immediate future , it is difficult to say whether an arms supply agreement will be concluded between the two countries.
KCNA, North Korea's news agency, said that the Russian president would soon visit North Korea. Moscow, for its part, proposed to send a North Korean astronaut into space. But no agreement on deliveries of military equipment between the two countries has been reached. announced For now. Kim Jong-Un was happy to to provide official support for his regime to Russia: "We are convinced that the Russian army and people will achieve a great victory in the sacred struggle to punish the gathering of evil."
What weapons does Moscow want to obtain?
"Russia has considerable needs" in ammunition and heavy weapons, declared General Jérôme Pellistrandi, defense consultant for BFMTV, September 13, 2023. With an iron fist by Vladimir Putin, he is increasingly dependent on China, but he is also seeking to do so. diversify its sources of supply. The shortage of ammunition has been a recurring problem since the start of the war in Ukraine, both for Russia and for Ukraine.
According to Le Monde, the meeting between Putin and Jong-Un "testifies to Russia’s despair" in his war in Ukraine. It can be compared to the Russian-Iranian relationship. Tehran would indeed provide drones to Moscow, even if Iran officially denies it. Anatoli Antonov, Russian ambassador to the United States, criticized this comment from Washington on Telegram: "The duplicity of the US Washington's decision is absolutely nothing new: the Americans can supply weapons to other countries. a hot spot − i.e. Ukraine − but Russian military-technical cooperation with foreign countries, according to the logic of the American government, is illegal."