Russia and North Korea will expand constructive bilateral relations through common efforts. Russian President Vladimir Putin said this to North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang’s state media reported on Monday.

quoting the North Korean news agency KCNA, Reuters reported that Putin sent a letter to Kim on the occasion of Korea’s Liberation Day. In the letter, Putin said that it is in the interests of both countries to strengthen relations. The relationship will help strengthen the security and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the Northeast Asian region.

Kim also sent a letter to Putin. There, he said, Russia-North Korea friendship was forged through victory over Japan in World War II. This resulted in the occupation of the Korean Peninsula. The strategic relationship and cooperation, support and solidarity between the two countries have reached a level that is a common effort to frustrate threats and provocations by military adversaries.

KCNA did not name the enemy forces. But it generally used the term to refer to the United States and its allies.

Kim previously said cooperation between Russia and North Korea would increase based on an agreement signed when he met Putin in 2019.

North Korea in July recognized two Russian-backed breakaway ‘people’s republics’ in eastern Ukraine as independent states, and officials raised the possibility of sending North Korean workers to the area to help with construction and other labor.

However, due to Russia’s relationship with North Korea, Ukraine has severed diplomatic relations with the country.

(August 15)