North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed his full and unconditional support for Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in eastern Russia. Kim described the meeting as a "springboard" for closer relations between the two countries.
He stated that North Korea would always stand by Russia's side, especially as Russia faces "hegemonic forces" to protect its security interests.
The meeting took place at the Vostochny Cosmodrome, a significant location given North Korea's failed attempts to launch its own spy satellite.
The meeting between Kim and Putin serves as a significant indicator of a strengthening alliance between North Korea and Russia.
Kim emphasized that he would make bilateral relations with Russia his "top priority," reaffirming his support for all actions taken by the Russian government.
The choice of the Vostochny Cosmodrome for the meeting is symbolic, considering North Korea's failed attempts to launch a spy satellite. It suggests that North Korea may be seeking Russian assistance in its space endeavors.
The meeting and the subsequent pledge of support from Kim Jong-un could have serious implications for the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. According to U.S. assessments, the talks could potentially lead to arms supplies from North Korea to support Russia's offensive in Ukraine.