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Putin wrote an article in the Nodong Sinmun newspaper before his visit to China

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In an article for a North Korean newspaper, the Russian leader spoke about the prospects of partnership with the DPRK.

On the eve of his state visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an article for the North Korean newspaper Nodong Sinmun. The material was published on the Kremlin’s website in Russian and English.

“On the eve of the state visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, I would like to share with the Korean and foreign audience of the Nodong Sinmun newspaper my thoughts on the prospects of partnership relations between our states and their importance in the modern world,” the head of state wrote.

Putin stressed that the relations of friendship and good neighborliness between Russia and the DPRK, based on the principles of equality, mutual respect and trust, date back more than seven decades and are rich in glorious historical traditions.

“Our peoples cherish the memory of the difficult joint struggle against Japanese militarism, honor the fallen heroes. In August 1945, Soviet soldiers, fighting shoulder to shoulder with Korean patriots, defeated the Kwantung Army, liberated the Korean Peninsula from colonialists, and opened the way for the Korean people to independent development,” Putin added.

As the head of state noted, Russia and the DPRK are actively developing a multifaceted partnership.

“We highly appreciate the DPRK’s firm support in conducting the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, solidarity with us on key international issues, and readiness to defend common priorities and views at the United Nations,” the head of the Russian Federation said.

The Russian leader also expressed confidence that through joint efforts it will be possible to bring bilateral cooperation to an even higher level, which will contribute to the development of mutually beneficial cooperation between Russia and the DPRK, strengthen sovereignty, deepen trade and economic ties, develop contacts in the humanitarian sphere and improve the welfare of citizens of the two states.

On June 18-19, Putin will pay a two-day visit to the DPRK for the first time since 2000, and hold talks with the country’s leader Kim Jong Un. Putin and Kim Jong-un are scheduled to have a one-on-one conversation. Following the talks, the leaders will make a statement to the media.
The Russian President will be accompanied on the trip by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defense Minister Andrei Belousov, First Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, Head of the Ministry of Natural Resources Alexander Kozlov, Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko, Minister of Transport Roman Starovoit, and representatives of large domestic companies, including the head of Roscosmos Yuri Borisov and Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov.



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