Ukraine claims North Korea is Russia’s main arms supplier

Without North Korea’s help, the situation would have been “catastrophic” for Russia. Ukrainian military intelligence chief (Gur) Kyrylo Budanov has unhesitatingly confirmed rumors that have been circulating for months that Pyongyang is acting as an arms supplier to Moscow to wage its war in Ukraine. In an interview with the British newspaper Financial Times, Budanov claims that North Korea is Russia’s largest supplier of artillery ammunition.

Making evaluations about weapons production in the country led by Vladimir Putin, Budanov said that Moscow used more weapons and ammunition than it could produce and had difficulties in the quality control of the weapons it produced. “This is exactly what explains Russia’s search for weapons in other countries,” Gur chief said, emphasizing that Pyongyang is the largest supplier of artillery ammunition to the Russian army, “and this allowed Russia to breathe a little.”

More intense relations between Putin and Kim Jong Un

Dictator Kim Jong Un’s invitation to the Russian president to travel to the Asian country confirms that relations between North Korea and Russia are more intense. “Soon” in North Korea. According to Pyongyang media, this would be Vladimir Putin’s wish. According to the KCNA agency, the Kremlin leader “thanked Kim once again” for his invitation to Pyongyang and expressed his intention to go to the country “as soon as possible.” According to KCNA, which reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ conclusions regarding Minister Choe Son-hui’s recent visit to Moscow, “the government is ready to welcome the closest friend of the Korean people.” This comes after Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in recent days that Putin could go to North Korea “in the near future.” According to Peskov, Russia aims to “strengthen” relations with Pyongyang in all sectors, including “sensitive” ones.

Reports have been emerging since 2022 that Moscow plans to purchase weapons from North Korea for use in the invasion of Ukraine. In August last year, US UN envoy Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the organization that Moscow was negotiating “potential agreements for significant quantities and multiple types of munitions”.

The following month, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un met at a summit at the Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia’s most important satellite launch center and a symbol of Russia’s space ambitions. While Putin claimed that Moscow would help Pyongyang build satellites, the North Korean dictator also pledged support for what he called Russia’s “just struggle,” an implicit reference to Ukraine. At this point, speculations that an agreement had been reached between the two countries on arms exchange intensified.

Source: Today IT