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Russia, N. Korea ink comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement

Russia, N. Korea ink comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement Russia's President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un attend a meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, September 13, 2023 (Reuters Photo)
By Anadolu Agency
Jun 19, 2024 1:10 PM

Russia and North Korea have solidified their relationship by signing a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement on Wednesday in a significant diplomatic move.

This agreement, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Chairman of State Affairs Kim Jong-un, marks a milestone in their bilateral cooperation efforts.

The Kremlin announced the signing of the agreement following extensive discussions between the two leaders. Putin expressed optimism about the prospects of enhanced interstate relations, citing the substantial progress made since Kim Jong-un’s visit to Russia last year.

This new agreement is expected to serve as the cornerstone for long-term relations between the two countries.

Historical context, shared challenges

During his remarks, Putin underscored the historical camaraderie between Russia and North Korea, highlighting moments of solidarity during challenging times. He referenced the joint efforts of Soviet soldiers and Korean patriots in liberating Korea from Japanese occupation in 1945.

Additionally, Putin acknowledged the support provided by Soviet pilots during the Korean War, demonstrating a long-standing history of cooperation and mutual support.

Comprehensive scope of agreement

The new agreement is designed to replace several previous treaties and declarations, including the Treaty of Friendship and Mutual Assistance of 1961 and subsequent agreements. This comprehensive document encompasses various aspects of bilateral cooperation, ranging from political and economic ties to cultural exchanges and security cooperation.

Geopolitical considerations, stability in Northeast Asia

Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov highlighted that the agreement reflects the evolving geopolitical dynamics and the changing nature of relations between Russia and North Korea. Importantly, the agreement is aligned with international law and principles, emphasizing a non-confrontational approach and a commitment to regional stability in Northeast Asia.

Military assistance, mutual defense

One notable aspect of the agreement is the provision for mutual aid in the event of aggression against either country. This includes military assistance and cooperation, underscoring a shared commitment to ensuring security and sovereignty.

Overall, the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement between Russia and North Korea represents a significant step forward in their relations, with a focus on fostering cooperation, enhancing stability, and addressing regional challenges.

Last Updated:  Jul 9, 2024 1:38 AM