Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu expressed his intention to “consistently develop bilateral ties” and “strengthen the cooperation” between Russia and North Korea, during talks with his North-Korean counterpart in Pyongyang.
Shoigu also called North Korea an “important partner of Russia,” according to a statement by the Russian MoD.
The defense minister is leading a Russian delegation visiting North Korea for the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean war.
Shoigu emphasized the “rich history of cooperation” between Russia and North Korea and noted that the interaction between the two countries was strengthened in the post-war period.
Some context: Russia has, alongside China, sent high level delegations to North Korea this week in a rare flurry of diplomatic activity for the secluded nation -- as it marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.
The Russian delegation led by Shoigu is visiting North Korea from July 25-27, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
“This visit will help strengthen Russian-North Korean military ties and will be an important stage in the development of cooperation between the two countries,” the ministry said ahead of the trip.
Both Russia and China are longtime allies of Pyongyang.