What the Kremlin said about Putin’s visit to North Korea and Vietnam

Last Updated on June 22, 2024 8:29 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s state visits to North Korea and Vietnam have been “significant and fruitful”, the Kremlin has claimed.

This was claimed by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov at a press briefing in Moscow on Friday.

Calling the Western reaction to Putin’s visit to the two South Asian countries “confused”, he said that Moscow’s partnership with other countries has never posed a threat against any third country.

Peskov said, “Any foreign policy activity of Russia is always viewed with hostility by others. Even our neighboring countries. And the Westerners who stand up to suppress Moscow are always sitting with lenses in their eyes!’

A Kremlin spokesman said Russia’s interactions with allies are only related to the welfare of the people. He also admitted that Moscow understands that Washington will continue to pressure Russia’s allies including Vietnam, North Korea.

“We have no doubt that the United States will put pressure on our allies,” Peskov said. However, the cooperation we offer to our allies is not contradictory to any third country. It is mutually beneficial and absolutely in line with the interests of our allies including North Korea, Vietnam.”

Peskov said that the aim of the bilateral talks with Vietnam is to give a new impetus to the development of cooperation between the two countries. The discussion was substantive and specific. Now a lot of work needs to be done at expert and business level to implement these initiatives.

Asked about Putin’s statement in Hanoi about Russia’s “last look” at Western tensions, Peskov clarified that it was actually about achieving the goals of a “special military operation” in Ukraine.

A Kremlin spokesman said Russia is ready to discuss strategic stability with the United States. But that is only on the issue of Ukraine.

“We look forward to a broad and comprehensive discussion that covers all dimensions, including those related to the conflict around Ukraine and the involvement of the United States in this conflict,” he said.

Asked about the US sanctions against Russia’s Kaspersky Lab, Peskov called it an “unfair and unfair competition ploy” by Washington. He said, “They always resort to such tricks.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited North Korea and Vietnam for a total of three days from last Tuesday to Thursday. Putin made a one-day visit to Russia’s Yakutia region before his tour of the Asia-Pacific region.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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