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Congratulations on the 70th anniversary of victory of the people of Korea in the 1950–1953 Fatherland Liberation War

July 27, 2023

Vladimir Putin sent his congratulations on the 70th anniversary of victory of the people of Korea in the 1950–1953 Fatherland Liberation War to Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Kim Jong-un and participants in the celebrations marking this anniversary.

The message reads, in part:

“Led by Supreme Commander-in-Chief Comrade Kim Il Sung during the fierce battles of 1950–1953, the fighters of the Korean People’s Army surmounted all the challenges and demonstrated mass heroism as they stood up for the freedom and independence of their homeland. Soviet military personnel, including pilots who flew tens of thousands of combat missions, fought shoulder to shoulder with the Korean patriots, making a meaningful contribution to defeating the enemy.

The historical experience of this camaraderie in arms has enduring value and serves as a solid foundation for efforts to further develop political, economic and security ties between Russia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Preserving and building on the glorious traditions of friendship, neighbourly relations and mutual assistance has paramount importance in the face of today’s threats and challenges.

The fact that the DPRK firmly supported the special military operation in Ukraine and its solidarity with Russia on key international matters further emphasises our shared commitment and resolve to counter the collective West in its policy to stand in the way of establishing a genuinely multipolar and just world order based on the supremacy of international law, indivisible security and respect for the sovereignty and national interests of states.”

July 27, 2023