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    Before His Summit with North Korea’s Kim, Putin Vows They’ll Beat Sanctions Together

    Before His Summit with North Korea’s Kim, Putin Vows They’ll Beat Sanctions Together

    , South Korea — Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked North Korea for supporting his actions in and said their countries will cooperate closely to overcome U.S.-led sanctions as he headed to Pyongyang on Tuesday for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    Putin's comments appeared in an op-ed piece in North Korean state media hours before his expected arrival for a visit through Wednesday as the countries deepen their alignment in the face of separate, intensifying confrontations with .

    In the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, the streets were decorated with Putin's portraits and Russian flags. A banner hung on a building said: “We warmly welcome the President of the Russian Federation.”

    Putin, who will be making his first trip to North Korea in 24 years, said he highly appreciates its firm support of his action in Ukraine. He said the countries would continue to “resolutely oppose” what he described as Western ambitions “to hinder the establishment of a multipolar world order based on justice, mutual respect for sovereignty, considering each other's interests.”

    The Kremlin's forces launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

    Putin also said Russia and North Korea will develop trade and payment systems “that are not controlled by the West” and jointly oppose sanctions against the countries, which he described as “illegal, unilateral restrictions.”


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