published : 2023-09-29

Russia's Desperate Move: Partnering with North Korea in Ukraine Conflict

Experts skeptical about the impact of the munitions supply deal

A photo of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, showing the destruction caused by heavy artillery. Taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Russia's ongoing conflict with Ukraine has left both sides in need of more munitions and heavy artillery.

Desperate for support, Russian President Vladimir Putin turned to North Korea for a potential arms deal.

However, experts believe this partnership will have little impact on the Ukraine conflict.

Seth Jones, director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, described seeking help from North Korea as a 'last resort.'

North Korea is a desperate country, plagued by famine and isolation.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley expressed skepticism about the potential contribution of North Korea, stating that it would not prove decisive.

An image of Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, discussing a potential arms deal. Taken with a Nikon D850.

Both Russia and Ukraine lack sufficient weapons to sustain their current pace of warfare.

While Ukraine secured a deal with President Biden for $325 million in aid, including anti-tank weapons and air defense equipment, Russia has turned to various nations for support.

China and Iran are among the main contributors to Russia's arsenal.

Despite the practical and psychological effects of the North Korea deal for Russia, experts believe it will not significantly alter the balance in the conflict.

The partnership may, however, strengthen the long-term standing of both Russia and North Korea vis-à-vis the United States.

In the long run, Russia's assistance to North Korea in advanced technology could embolden North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to become more daring and provocative.

A striking photo of Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley expressing skepticism about North Korea's contribution to the Ukraine conflict. Taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III.

This development is cause for concern for the United States and its allies.

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