Russia offers North Korea food in exchange for ammunition

31 March, 12:40 AM
John Kirby (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

John Kirby (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Moscow plans to send a delegation to North Korea to negotiate a trade deal that would secure shipments of ammunition to Russia in exchange for food, White House National Security spokesman John Kirby told CNN on March 30.

"We have new information that Russia is actively seeking to acquire additional munitions from North Korea," said Kirby.

"We also understand that Russia is seeking to send a delegation to North Korea. And that Russia is offering North Korea food in exchange for munitions."

He added that arms dealer and Slovak citizen Ashot Mkrtychev was working to broker this deal between Russia and North Korea, bypassing Western sanctions.

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On March 6, Ukraine’s Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said that Russia is prepared to pay any price for artillery shells, drones, and missiles for the war effort.

In January, Ukrainian intelligence reported that Russian forces have decreased their artillery shell expenditure from 60,000 to 20,000 rounds per day, which could indicate looming ammunition shortages.

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