President of Russia, Vladimir Putin has praised North Korea for supporting his country’s war in Ukraine, as he travels to Pyongyang to seek continued military support.

In his first visit to North Korea- one of the world’s most isolated nations since 2000, Putin will meet Kim Jong-un for one-on-one talks in Pyongyang as the two leaders pledge to expand their security and economic cooperation in defiance of western sanctions against both countries.

On Putin’s entourage is his new defence minister, Andrey Belousov, and Denis Manturov, his top deputy prime minister overseeing the defence sector.

Experts suggests the visit is symbolic for both sides as Russia is in desperate need of manpower while Pyongyang needs foreign exchange.

Ukraine is expected to be a major talking point for the two leaders, as well as the option of sending more North Korean workers to Russia.

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