Moscow Wants North Korean Labourers Sending To Donbas In Exchange For Machinery And Wheat

Russia is wanting labourers from North Korea to assist in rebuilding two self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine, with a view of paying Pyongyang with wheat and industrial equipment from parts of Ukraine that are under Russian control.

Russia wants North Korean labourers in exchange for wheat and machinery
Russia wants North Korean labourers in exchange for wheat and industrial equipment

The Russian ambassador to North Korea made the claim in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper, the Moscow Times reported.

If Russia were to assist North Korea in obtaining technology, equipment, or currency, it would be a breach of the UN's sanctions designed to prevent Pyongyang from developing more advanced missiles or nuclear weapons.

Russia has in the past supported sanctions against North Korea as a member of the UN Security Council, however, as the country is now facing its own sanctions it is seeking new allies.

Mr Matsegora told Izvestia: "Highly qualified, hard-working and ready to work in the most difficult conditions, Korean builders will be an asset in the serious task of restoring social, infrastructural and industrial facilities destroyed by the retreating 'Ukronazis'"

He added: "Our Korean partners are very interested in spare parts and units manufactured there, in updating their production base."

North Korea is only the third country to officially recognise Donetsk and Luhansk as independent republics, after Syria and Russia.

The leader of the Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, said that the regognition from Pyongyang was "a triumph of diplomacy" and added that he was looking forward to an "active and fruitful cooperation" with North Korea.

The Ukrainian government accused North Korea of undermining its sovereignty and territorial integrity and vowed to sever all diplomatic ties with the country.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleva, said that this latest stunt by Moscow proves that Russia has "no more allies in the world, except countries that depend on it financially and politically."

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