North Korean leader sends ‘Victory Day’ message to Putin
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un expressed his country’s “strong solidarity” with Russia in a congratulatory message sent to President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of Moscow’s celebration of its “Victory Day” holiday. “, state media in the North reported on Tuesday.
In the message sent the day before, Kim congratulated Putin on the anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, according to the Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the Workers’ Party in power, and the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Russia celebrated the 77th anniversary of the holiday on Monday.
Kim’s message “extended firm solidarity with the cause of the Russian people to eradicate the political and military threat and blackmail of hostile forces and safeguard the country’s dignity, peace and security,” the KCNA said in an article. in English.
“He expressed his belief that the strategic and traditional friendly relations between the two countries would develop steadily in accordance with the requirements of the times,” he added.
The North has recently highlighted its traditional ties with Russia, which has been condemned by many countries for its invasion of Ukraine.
In February, a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman blamed the Ukraine crisis on “hegemonic politics” of the United States and the West. (Yonhap)