February 25, 2024

Russia raises alarm over ‘dangerous’ US-ROK drills, leafleting into North Korea

Moscow's foreign ministry echoes DPRK's stance as it criticizes exercises for worsening tensions on peninsula

Russia’s foreign ministry expressed concern about ongoing U.S.-South Korea military drills on Wednesday, calling the first-large scale exercises in years “counterproductive and dangerous” in an implicit endorsement of North Korea’s position.

In an official statement, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Maria Zakharova also blamed the sending of “propaganda materials” into North Korea for exacerbating tensions, in an apparent reference to balloon launches by South Korean activists that the DPRK has blamed for spreading COVID-19 into the country.