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Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to visit both Vietnam and North Korea in the coming weeks.

According to Russia’s Vedomosti newspaper, Putin’s Vietnam visit is tentatively scheduled for June 19-20. Alexander Matsegora, Russia’s Ambassador to North Korea, stated that preparations for Putin’s visit to Pyongyang are well underway.

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Putin’s anticipated visit to North Korea comes after a visit last fall by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. During that visit, Putin pledged to assist North Korea with developing satellites, a commitment North Korea has realized with the successful launch of one surveillance satellite. In return, North Korea reportedly agreed to provide additional munitions to Russia for their war effort in Ukraine.

The United States, Ukraine, and other Western allies have repeatedly accused North Korea of supporting Russia’s war effort, specifically by providing artillery and ballistic missiles that have been recovered in Ukraine. Despite the clear evidence, North Korea continues to deny the claims.

According to Kremlin officials speaking to the Russian outlet, Putin also plans to discuss key issues with Vietnam, including military cooperation, payment settlements, and energy agreements.


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