Russia wants to buy more weapons from North Korea

According to the White House, Russia is trying to buy more munitions from North Korea for the war in Ukraine. This is because Moscow is increasingly dependent on foreign supplies.

This reported The Kyiv Independent, citing U.S. National Security Council spokesman Jon Kirby. The latter said that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the request last week during his visit to Pyongyang, according to U.S. intelligence. The White House believes Shoigu’s proposal illustrates that Moscow is increasingly dependent on countries such as Iran and North Korea for arms supplies for Russian troops in Ukraine.

Dictator Kim pledged full support

“This is another example of how desperate Putin is because his war machine is being affected by sanctions and export controls,” Kirby told reporters. “He’s going through a huge amount of inventory to try to subdue Ukraine, and he’s reaching out to countries like North Korea and Iran, and of course he’s trying to reach out to China to get support for his war machine.” As early as the spring of 2023, Moscow approached North Korea with an offer to supply food in exchange for weapons, according to several reports. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un had previously expressed his “full support” for Russian aggression against Ukraine.

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Image:, Vladimir Putin (24.06.2023), CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified)

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