The Russian president Vladimir Putin He received on Friday his Belarusian counterpart and ally, who hinted that Minsk could join Moscow’s efforts to revive an old alliance with Pyongyang after this week’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko made the proposal during his meeting with Putin in the resort of Sochi, on the Black Seawhere the Russian president said he will deliver a report on the conversations with Kim at the Vostochny spaceport, in the Russian Far East.
“I would like to inform you about the discussion on the situation in the region, which was very important, and also mention the most serious problem, the situation in Ukraine,” Putin said at the beginning of the meeting.
Lukashenko responded that “we could think about tripartite cooperation”and added that “I think a task could be found for Belarus there too.”
Kim continued his trip through Russia on Friday with a visit to an aircraft factory in the Amur city of Komsomolsk to learn about state-of-the-art Russian fighters. On Saturday he is expected to arrive at the port of Vladivostok to see the Pacific Fleet ships and visit a university.
The United States and its allies believe that Kim will likely supply ammunition to Russia for use in Ukraine in exchange for weapons or technology from Moscow, an agreement that would violate UN sanctions on Pyongyang that prohibit arms trade with North Korea.
Putin said after the meeting with Kim that Russia will abide by United Nations sanctions and reiterated this on Friday.
“We never violate anything and in this case we have no intention of violating anything,” he said before the media. “But we will certainly look for opportunities to develop Russian-North Korean relations.”
(With information from AP)