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Putin Vows to Expand Partnership With North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

  • Putin ready to expand relations with Pyongyang, KCNA says
  • The move may complicate Biden’s push to isolate North Korea
Vladimir Putin with Kim Jong Un in April 2019. 

Vladimir Putin with Kim Jong Un in April 2019. 

Photographer: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to expand relations with North Korea, reaching out to his neighbor as the Kremlin scours the globe for weapons for its war in Ukraine.

Putin sent a congratulatory message to North Korea for its Liberation Day holiday on Monday marking the end of Japan’s 1910-1945 colonial rule over the Korean Peninsula. Although Putin regularly sends messages on the anniversary, this is the first one to be reported in North Korea’s state media since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.