November 25, 2020

One year on, what impact did the Kim-Putin summit really have?

While it may have had the trappings of little more than a sideshow, last year's meeting had wide-ranging consequences

Amid two years of North Korean summit diplomacy, the meeting between Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin, which took place one year ago tomorrow, may seem like little more than a footnote among Kim’s numerous gatherings with various leaders throughout the 2018-2019 period. 

Yet to dismiss last year’s Kim-Putin summit as but a minor affair is to miss the point of the role that Russia plays in North Korea’s foreign policy.