UPDATED 1:30 PM PT – Wednesday, September 7, 2022
The Biden National Security apparatus is sounding the alarm at yet another problematic ally of Russia amid the war in Ukraine.
— Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) September 6, 2022
The Biden administration warned the public about a new adversary to the Biden administration that might join forces with Russia. During a press conference on Tuesday, Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen Pat Ryder warned that Russia is asking for millions of rockets, artillery shells and other ammo from the Hermit Kingdom- North Korea. US intelligence reports also revealed that Russia has inked a deal for future military aid with Kim Jong-un.
“We do have indications that Russia has approached North Korea to request ammunition,” Ryder announced. “I’m not able to provide any more detail than that at this point in time. But it does demonstrate and is indicative of the situation that Russia finds itself in, in terms of its logistics and sustainment capabilities as it relates to Ukraine.”
White House National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby claimed this is a sign that the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is growing desperate.
“It is, if you if you don’t mind me furthering this a little bit, it is just another indication of how desperate Putin’s becoming,” Kirby said. “He was buying drones from Iran. Now he’s going to buy artillery rounds from North Korea. It’s an indication of how much his defense industrial establishment is suffering as a result of this war and the degree of desperation that he’s reaching out to countries like Iran and North Korea for assistance. But no indication that they’re on the battlefield right now.”
However, Russia has been bringing together America’s adversaries since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict. The Kremlin has been working with Iran and China to subvert western sanctions and to set up streams of military aid. The Chinese Communist Party agreed to allow Russia to wire money in the Chinese currency to bypass international sanctions barring Russia from using the SWIFT Banking System. This apparent resurrection of a Sino-Russia Cold War alliance is also solidified by recent war games being carried out by the Chinese and Russian militaries.
Meanwhile, Russia has been working out a deal to sell sanctioned oil to Iran. The Country has received shipments of Iran-made drones to use against Ukraine-backed forces. But the Biden administration is welcoming a new friend in the West’s campaign against Russia, Liz Truss. Truss is the United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister. Vedant Patel, the Principal Deputy Spokesperson for the US State Department spoke about the relationship the two countries have.
“The UK and the US are the closest of friends and allies and we look forward to continuing our close cooperation with Prime Minister Truss and the new Government on a range of important priorities, including continued support to Ukraine in the face of Russia’s war,” Patel said.
In the meantime, Joe Biden is looking to continue funding Ukraine’s military amid Russia’s invasion. His latest request to Congress exceeded $13 billion in military aid. This latest request is in addition to the $40 billion aid package that was approved earlier this year. Some analysts have said that since Russia has yet to topple the Ukrainian government, the Biden security apparatus believes it can help Ukraine trounce Russia.