President Vladimir Putin has said Russia would help North Korea launch satellites and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Moscow had his full backing in its “sacred fight” with the West as they met on Wednesday in Russia’s Far East.
According to Putin, when asked if the two leaders would talk about getting supplies from the North to replenish Moscow’s dwindling stock of weapons and ammunition at the summit , both leaders would discuss “all issues”.
The United States and South Korean officials have expressed concern that Kim would provide weapons and ammunition to Russia, which has expended vast stocks in more than 18 months of war in Ukraine. Moscow and Pyongyang have denied such intentions.
Meanwhile, shortly before the summit, North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles from an area near the capital, Pyongyang, into the sea off its east coast.
According to analysts, it was the first such launch by the North while Kim was abroad, demonstrating an increased level of delegation and more refined control systems for the country’s nuclear and missile programmes.