Britain's intelligence agency estimated the volume of arms shipments from North Korea to Russia, naming a nuance in the countries' cooperation
North Korea has almost certainly supplied Russia with ammunition or weapons, more than 1,000 containers in the past few weeks, according to media reports. If this pace continues, Pyongyang will become one of the most significant foreign arms suppliers to Moscow, along with Tehran and Minsk.
This was stated by British intelligence. The report was published on October 26 on the Twitter account of the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The ministry noted that the Kremlin refused to recognize the fact of the supply of military goods from the DPRK. However, "North Korean munitions have almost certainly reached warehouses in western Russia." The weapons stored there are used by the army of the aggressor country, in particular, to wage a full-scale war against Ukraine.
It is not yet known whether North Korea will maintain the recent scale and pace of deliveries. However, according to British intelligence, it is unlikely that the contract is complete.
There is also no confirmed information that Moscow has agreed to provide Pyongyang with anything in return.
"This likely was one of the main topics of discussion during the recent visits of senior officials to North Korea," London suggested.
They believe that Russia is likely to pay for some of the goods, provide other economic support to the DPRK, and may provide access to military technology, as well as expand cooperation in other areas such as the space industry.
As OBOZ.UA wrote:
- In October 2023, it was reported that the Russian and North Korean dictators, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un, may have agreed on large-scale arms supplies for the Russian occupation army. The cooperation between the two totalitarian countries could have serious consequences for the war in Ukraine, as well as affect the dynamics of international security in East Asia.
- The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, said that North Korea began transferring ammunition to Russia a month and a half ago.
- The United States said that from September 7 to October 1, Pyongyang sent 1,000 containers of military equipment and munitions to Russia.