The extent to which Western isolation of Russia has brought the country closer to terms and agreements with North Korea after years of normal friendship between the two countries.
Since President Putin launched his military operation in Ukraine, North Korea joined the league of countries that failed to condemn the act perpetrated by the Russian leader, following the footpath of China, India, and a host of countries.
Bilateral arrangements between Russia and North Korea had increased drastically over the months, with the leaders of both countries exchanging letters stipulating an increase in bilateral relations among them.
North Korea is proving as a trusted ally to Russia and has recognized the break-away region of Luhansk and Donbas region as part of Russia, and also to facilitate the bond, rumors have it that, North Korea President Kim Jong-un is ready to support President Putin with over 100,000 troops to aid their mission in Ukraine.
Studying the growing relations between both countries, it’s axiomatically believed that, the growing friendship between both countries is based on shared enemies, Russia’s isolation, increased economic activities, shared military technology, and the zeal to form strong military blocs against Western-led NATO.
Both Russia and North Korea perceived the US as a common enemy which must be checkmated owing duly to the latter being involved in activities about their countries.
North Korea’s enmity with the US has been over for years, with the US backing South Korea during the Korean war, while the Soviet Union stood firm behind the North. The extent of the US participation in the Korean war didn’t go well with the North which has born in them a seed of discord against the US.
Apart from interfering in the Korean war, the US has also been the country championing the disarmament of North Korea from going Nuclear and has also been at the head of sanctions against North Korea.
Russia and the US enmity can be far traced back to the era of the Soviet Union, the need for the control of global power has brought Russia and the US at loggerhead till the present, the end of the Cold war which could have brought an imminent end to the hatred between both countries could only facilitate the vendetta between both countries till later years.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has also opened another new chapter in the history of the Cold war between both countries, as the US-led NATO continues to fight a proxy war with Russia by staying at the head of countries against Russia globally.
Increasing conflicts in Ukraine, from the Russian perspective, are due to the full support of the US and her western allies, this act of support for Ukraine against Russia has shown the degree of enmity between Russia and the US.
In consolidating its power as a major superpower, Russia with China and North Korea sees the growing influence of NATO as a threat to their regional peace and instability. The threat possessed by NATO to Russia had forced the country into going into bilateral military agreements with countries like China, India, Belarus, Syria, and a host of countries.
The Eastern countries are looking to form a strong military alliance to tackle against NATO global emergency, this had led to an increase in the military relationship between Russia and her Eastern allies by engaging in military drills together in other to share military knowledge.
With North Korea said to aid Russia militarily, it shows the degree of how prepared the Eastern countries are in forming another military bloc to tackle NATO hegemony globally.
North Korea’s closer relationship with Russia can also be categorized under ed military technology. The report has it that, both US and Russia stand at the top of countries with the strongest military equipment and technology, should the bilateral agreement between Russia and North Korea extend deeper, North Korea will be able to have access to the newly developed military technology of Russia.
Improved economic activities are another aspect of Russia’s bilateral relations with North Korea. Since the isolation of Russia in Europe, the country had continued to look for another feasible market to sell her cheap products.
The degree of western sanctions on Russia has made Moscow turn to Asia for economic activities, and the trade relationship between Russia and the Asia continent since the former invasion of Ukraine had increased drastically.
China and India have been the major consumer of Russia’s cheap energy which North Korea is also looking to tap into anytime sooner. Should both be able to seal flourishing economic activities between themselves, the extent of their reliance on the west for their product will be reduced.