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Russian MFA to visit North Korea to deepen cooperation with Russia

Russian MFA to visit North Korea to deepen cooperation with Russia Photo: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov (Getty Images)

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, plans to visit Pyongyang in October with the aim of deepening cooperation within the agreements between the leaders of Russia and North Korea, informs Yonhap.

According to Lavrov, the visit will continue the agreement between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un to intensify relations and cooperation between the two countries.

The publication notes that one of Lavrov's objectives during his trip may be to prepare for Putin's visit to North Korea.

Russia and North Korea cooperation

On September 13, the leaders of North Korea and Russia, Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin, met to discuss strengthening military cooperation. Kim also discussed this with the Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu.

Western media have reported multiple times that during the meeting, the parties may have discussed the transfer of artillery ammunition to Russia. Recently, The Economist reported that North Korea supplies Russia with artillery ammunition and Katyusha-type rockets for most of the year.

After the meeting between the leaders, South Korea promised not to stand aside if military cooperation between Russia and North Korea was confirmed and subsequently imposed sanctions against North Korea. In addition, South Korea reached agreements with the United States and Japan to respond to the threats posed by such cooperation.