December 06, 2023
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How Russia-North Korea relations have recently surprised observers

Russian observers note uptick in visits between two countries, preferential business deals

Russia - North Korea relations caught the public's imagination when in 2014 Moscow symbolically wrote-off nearly $10 billion dollars in North Korean debt, all accrued during the Soviet Era.

Subsequent developments left little room for doubt that the proclamation of 2015 as a "year of friendship" between the two countries would indeed become a very real policy for Moscow and Pyongyang.