Inside Putin and Kim Jong-uns odd relationship as despot backs Ukraine invasion

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been backed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in his invasion of Ukraine.

The two controversial world leaders have their history with one another, and a three hour meeting at a 2019 summit appears to have started a chain of events that, over the last few years, have drawn the two countries and their leaders closer together.

Recently North Korea was one of just a small handful of countries to vote against the UN condemnation of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

It marks the most recent act of support and unity between North Korea and Russia, whose friendly relationship was highlighted by a series of meetings between Putin and Jong-un.

The 2019 summit between North Korea and Russia appears to have drawn both world leaders together in a meeting to discuss nuclear warhead sanctions.

Reports indicate that the meeting lasted three hours, and the topic of discussion between Kim Jong-un and President Putin was to resolve a nuclear stalemate with the US.

Speaking after the meeting, Putin said: "Chairman Kim Jong-un himself asked us to inform the American side about his position.

"There are no secrets here. We will discuss this with the Americans and our Chinese partners."

  • Miss BumBum calls Putin 'violent psychopath' after he 'stared at her' at awkward dinner

Putin had a standing relationship with Jong-un's predecessor and father, Kim Jong-il, who he met in Pyongyang in 2000.

Relationships between North Korea and Russia had frayed under Boris Yeltsin and Kim Jong-il, but the elevation of Putin to the role of prime minister soon led to the signing of the "Treaty of Friendship".

Since then, the relationship between Putin and Jong-il's successor, Kim Jong-un, has flourished.

For the latest breaking news and stories from across the globe from the Daily Star, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here.

The Russian President recently awarded the North Korean despot a medal for Kim's "personal effort to preserve the memory of Soviet citizens" who had lost their lives in the country.

Kim Jong-Un did not attend the ceremony due to rumoured health problems and instead North Korean foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, collected the medal, DW reported.

Soviet forces in the 1950s had supported North Korea during the Second World War and Korean War that followed.

Source: Read Full Article