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Russia, North Korea To Sign “Important Documents” During Putin’s Visit: Report

Russia, North Korea to sign 'important documents' during Putin's visit: Report

Putin has scaled back his overseas trips since launching his offensive in Ukraine. (File)


Russia and North Korea plan to sign several “important documents,” including a possible strategic partnership treaty, during President Vladimir Putin’s visit this week, Russian news agencies reported on Monday, citing a Kremlin aide.

Putin is due to visit the isolated nation on Tuesday amid Western concerns that the two countries are planning to expand military cooperation amid Russia’s growing offensive in Ukraine.

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov was quoted as saying by Russia’s state news agency that “several documents will be signed,” including “some important and highly significant documents.”

This could include a “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Treaty” that would outline future cooperation and address “security issues,” he was quoted as saying.

Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are also due to speak to the media during the visit, he added.

Western countries, South Korea and Kiev have accused North Korea of ​​sending weapons to Moscow for use in Ukraine in violation of UN sanctions against North Korea.

Washington and Seoul allege that in return, Russia has provided technical support for Pyongyang’s satellite programs and sent aid to the food-starved country.

The visit, Putin’s first to Russia since 2000, comes nine months after the Russian leader welcomed Kim Jong Un on a rare trip to Russia’s Far East.

Putin has scaled back his overseas travels since launching his attack on Ukraine but has made high-level visits to key allies such as China and Iran as he seeks to present a united front against the West.

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