North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left Russia on Sunday after a rare six-day visit that appeared to strengthen his country’s ties with President Vladimir Putin — prompting Western fears that Pyongyang could arm Moscow for an attack on Ukraine. Can provide.
Kim’s visit to Russia’s Far East region, which began on Tuesday, has focused intensely on military cooperation, including a symbolic exchange of rifles with Putin and an inspection of state-of-the-art Russian weaponry.
Kim’s first official trip abroad since the coronavirus pandemic has raised concerns that Moscow and Pyongyang would defy Western sanctions to secure an arms deal that could help the Kremlin continue its offensive against Ukraine.
Before departing from the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok on the border with North Korea, Kim was presented with five explosive drones, a reconnaissance drone and a bulletproof vest as a gift from the governor of the Primorye region, which is part of China’s border with North Korea. Is on the border.
He also visited Far Eastern State University and seemed particularly pleased by watching a walrus show at a local oceanarium.