Russia-North Korea Relations
The Putin-Kim meeting, by validating closer coordination between the two nations, could also give some countries and private enterprises the green light to resume doing business with North Korea, said Darya Dolzikova, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based defense and security think tank. Russia enjoys veto power at the United Nations Security Council as a permanent member. The leader-to-leader summit "may legitimize trade with North Korea," she said. "It sort of suggests Russia won't stand in the way of other countries engaging with North Korea."