Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov will go to North Korea on 18-19 October, Moscow’s overseas ministry mentioned on Monday, as ties between the 2 international locations solidify.
The invitation comes after North Korean chief Kim Jong Un visited Russia final month amid Western fears the remoted nation might provide Moscow with weapons for its assault in Ukraine.
“From 18-19 October, at the invitation of the (North Korean) foreign ministry, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov will pay an official visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” the ministry mentioned.
Lavrov is at the moment in Beijing forward of an anticipated go to to China by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has turned to Beijing for commerce and help within the face of rising isolation from the West.
Russia and North Korea, historic allies, are each underneath rafts of world sanctions — Moscow for its Ukraine offensive, and Pyongyang for its nuclear weapon checks.
Moscow is believed to be interested by shopping for North Korean ammunition to proceed preventing in Ukraine, whereas Pyongyang desires Russia’s assist to develop its internationally condemned missile programme.