« Spokesperson for the US Department of State Matthew Miller claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s planned meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is symbolic of Moscow’s failed ‘goals on the battlefield’ while speaking in Washington DC on Monday.
« Vladimir Putin launched this war against Ukraine with his full-scale aggression with a dream of restoring the glory of the Russian Empire. That hope, that expectation of his has failed,” Miller said.
“Now one year and a half later, not only he failed to achieve his goals on the battlefield, but you see him travelling across his own country, hat in hand, to beg Kim Jong Un for military assistance, » the spokesperson continued.
Miller added that the Biden administration would monitor the outcome of the meeting between Putin and Kim ‘very closely’ and would impose further sanctions on both countries if a transfer of arms were to take place between Pyongyang and Moscow.
“I will remind both countries that any transfer of arms from North Korea to Russia would be a violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions,” the spokesperson said.
“We of course have aggressively enforced our sanctions against entities that fund Russia’s war effort and we will continue to enforce those sanctions and will not hesitate to impose new sanctions, if appropriate, » he continued.
On Monday, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for talks within the next few days.
“It will be a full-blown visit, with talks between the two delegations, and afterwards, if need be, the leaders will continue to communicate one-on-one. Also, a formal dinner is planned on behalf of the president of Russia in honour of the North Korean guest, » he said during an interview. »