North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is expected to be visiting the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia later this year. This would be Kim’s’ first official visit since he inherited the seat in 2011. An invitation was extended by Moscow to North Korea to attend the 70th anniversary of winning the World War 2. North Korea will most likely be present at the victory day celebration taking place on May 9. Other world powers will also be in attendance. The anniversary is in remembrance of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War 2.
There is little wonder that the two countries are friends as they are both facing international isolation. Russia for the annexation of Crimea and North Korea for firing missiles at South Korea. However, this friendship didn’t just blossom but has actually been in existence since the days of Kim Jong Un’s grandfather and past ruler of North Korea.
Russian president, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un have declared 2015, ‘friendship year’. This comes at a time when both countries are facing international sanctions especially from the US and are in need of friends financially, politically and strategically. To this effect in 2014, Russia forgave, 90% of North Korea’s $11 billion debt.
What’s to come from this rekindled friendship, one may ask. Well, we would have to wait and see.