Donetsk self-proclaimed leader pledges ‘bilateral cooperation’ with North Korea | Ukraine

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North Korea and the Russian-occupied Donetsk region of Ukraine will “develop equally beneficial bilateral cooperation,” the self-proclaimed leader has said in a letter to Kim Jong-un, according to state media.

Denis Pushilin made the promise in a message congratulating Kim on Korean Liberation Day on August 15, North Korea’s state news agency KCNA reported, two days after reporting a similar message to Kim from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The people of the Donbas region are also fighting today to regain their freedom and justice from history, just as the Korean people did 77 years ago,” the report quoted Pushilin’s letter as saying.

“The message expressed the belief that an equally beneficial bilateral cooperation will be established between the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which corresponds to the interests of the peoples of the two countries,” KCNA added, with the official name North. Korea.

Pushilin has previously said he hopes for “fruitful cooperation” and increased trade with North Korea.

Last month, Russia’s ambassador to Pyongyang, Alexander Matsegora, said North Korean labor could be sent to help rebuild war-ravaged infrastructure in the self-declared people’s republics in Donetsk and Luhansk.

Matsegora said there are potentially “many opportunities” for economic cooperation between the north and the self-proclaimed republics in the Donbas region of Ukraine, despite UN sanctions.

He told the Russian newspaper Izvestia in an interview, according to the Seoul-based website NK News, that “highly qualified and hardworking Korean builders, capable of working in the most difficult conditions, could help us improve our social, infrastructure and industrial facilities.” “.

North Korea has traditionally earned much-needed foreign exchange by sending its citizens abroad. According to UN sanctions, they would have been repatriated by the end of 2019, but significant numbers of North Korean workers are reported to have continued to work in Russia and China, as well as in Laos and Vietnam, after the deadline.

Earlier this week, Putin told the North Korean ruler that Russia and North Korea would “expand comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with common efforts,” according to a letter cited by KCNA on Monday.

The letter claimed that closer ties would be in the interests of both countries and would help strengthen the security and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the Northeast Asian region.

Speaking at the international security conference in Moscow on Tuesday, Putin said Russia will provide its allies and partners with “advanced weapons and military equipment” and work to create new “mechanisms for international security”.

Kim reportedly sent a letter of reply to Putin stating that Russia and North Korea were forged during World War II through the victory over Japan. Their “strategic and tactical cooperation, support and solidarity” had since reached a new level in their concerted efforts to frustrate threats and provocations from enemy forces, Kim said in the letter. KCNA did not identify the enemy forces, but it has mostly used that term to refer to the US and its allies.

Kim predicted that Russia-North Korea cooperation would grow based on an agreement signed in 2019 when he met Putin.

In July, North Korea recognized the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republics (DPR) and Luhansk (LPR) in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine as independent states.

This move makes North Korea only the third country after Russia and Syria to recognize the two breakaway entities.

In a statement supporting the self-proclaimed republics, the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Ukraine “has no right to question our legitimate exercise of sovereignty after committing an act that seriously lacks fairness and justice between nations by actively aligning itself with the US, past unjust and unlawful hostile policies.”

In response, Ukraine immediately severed relations with Pyongyang over the move.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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