Putin arrives in Vietnam after a visit to North Korea

After concluding his visit to North Korea, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Vietnam early Thursday morning, June 20.

Putin will meet with Vietnam’s communist leaders in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

Tran Hong, Vietnam’s deputy prime minister, and several senior diplomats welcomed the Russian president at Hanoi airport.

On Wednesday, the newspaper “Nhan Dan,” owned by Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party, published an article by Vladimir Putin in which the Russian president praised Vietnam’s “balanced attitude” toward the war in Ukraine.

Vietnam, which officially pursues a policy of “neutrality” in its relations with powerful countries, has so far refrained from condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Nevertheless, the country has remained a cautious ally of the United States and the European Union. Putin made a stopover in Vietnam after a two-day trip to North Korea.

On Wednesday he signed a strategic agreement with Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea.

Meanwhile, North Korea has announced new military support for Russia, further complicating the geopolitical landscape of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The move includes the supply of weapons and military advisers to support Russian efforts, signaling a deepening alliance between the two nations amid global condemnation.

The conflict in Ukraine continues to escalate, with North Korea’s involvement drawing international attention. This new alliance has raised concerns among Western countries, which fear an intensification of the conflict and broader destabilization of the region.

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