US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday the United States believed the Russian defense minister was in North Korea to secure supplies of weapons, needed for the invasion of Ukraine which is bogged down.
Following a rare visit to Pyongyang by Sergei Shoigu, Russian Minister of Defense, Antony Blinken said that Russia was going around its allies to stock up on weapons.
“I highly doubt he’s on holiday there,” Mr Blinken told the Australian press.
“We see Russia desperately looking for support, weapons, wherever they can find them, to continue their aggression against Ukraine,” he added.
While in North Korea, Shoigu met with the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, in “a ‘friendly’ talk”, according to Pyongyang state media.
Russia, a historical ally of North Korea, is one of the few countries with which Pyongyang maintains friendly relations.
Source : Arab News