Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un appear to be deepening their ties and foreign relations further, as Putin attempts to sow Western disunity in regards to their support of Ukraine in the Russia-Ukraine war.

Kim Jong-un’s government reportedly sent a message of support to Russia on Sunday, congratulating the country for Russia’s National Day, which celebrates the country’s independence from the USSR, according to FOX News.

Kim and Putin have found themselves gravitating toward each other due to the sanctions placed upon them by the West as well as the nuclear warheads program that both countries are using as threats against the United States and their allies.

The North Korean leader is one of the few who have openly supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with Kim giving Putin “decisive solidarity” on Russia’s Victory Day with regards to their military campaign; in exchange, Russia vetoed a motion in the U.N. Security Council that proposed new sanction to North Korea for its missile tests.

Putin himself is reportedly attempting to sow discord within the European and American allies of Ukraine in its war, with strategies using inflation and higher gas prices in Europe and the United States to reduce support for Ukraine’s cause, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The European Union and the United Kingdom have managed to come together recently in order to voice support for Ukraine’s independence, with French President Emmanuel Macron openly siding with Ukraine to “choose its own destiny.”

In spite of that, however, Putin has managed to keep the people in Russia in line with his goals. He has even been able to imprison anyone in Russia who voices any opposition to the war in Ukraine.

“The body language spoke volumes,” analyst Peter Dickinson said. “I think he really looked like a man with a weight off his shoulders — that he felt a sense of relief that the burden of maintaining these lies had been lifted.”

“Public opinion in Russia does exist,” he continued later on. “It’s just not nearly as important as it is in a democratic country.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un have reportedly gotten closer since the Russia-Ukraine war began, finding commonalities between their situation together. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images.

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