February 23, 2020

After the Kim-Putin summit, what next for North Korea-Russia ties?
The Vladivostok meeting likely widened the gap between Moscow and Washington on DPRK issues
Assessments of the recent summit between Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin will inevitably depend on the vantage point from which one observes it. From the vantage point of North Korean interests, the summit did not result in promises to defy sanctions, nor did it necessarily break China's de facto monopoly of influence as the DPRK's most important international partner. From the Russian end,