Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet in a Russia border city to shop weapons to each other – and the move has seen them both labelled as “desperate”.
The pair of despots have very few friends in the world, but are now leaning on each other for weapons.
A meeting set to take place next month is aimed at Putin buying weapons from North Korea to help him continue his onslaught invasion of Ukraine.
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The claim came from a United States official, who said that they will probably meet in the Russian Pacific port city of Vladivostok.
However, the move and the two leaders have been called “desperate” as a result.
Speaking to CNN's The Situation Room, former US Army General Mark Hertling took umbridge with the host's suggestion that they are “Washington's biggest enemies”.
He said: “They're also two desperate leaders of the world's most noted pariah states.
“This will generate a lot of attention. It's showing that Mr. Putin is scrambling for help.”
Fellow retired Army Major General James A “Spider” Marks added: “Russia is in a desperate situation right now.
“They share the same type of calibre weapon systems.
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“So it's an immediate plus-up.
“But again, this is not going to strategically alter the outcome of the fight in Ukraine.”
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu travelled to Pyongyang recently and tried to persuade North Korea to sell artillery ammunition to Russia, which is when a meeting could have been arranged, US intelligence has claimed.
The White House said last week that it had intelligence indicating that Putin and Kim swapped letters following Shoigu’s visit.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the letters were “more at the surface level” but that Russian and North Korean talks on a weapons sale were advancing.
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