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What a Pair
Putin Buddies Up to Kim Jong-un

On the heels of his blustery performance this week, Vladimir Putin invited North Korean dictator and haircut sensation Kim Jong-un to Moscow for next year’s celebration of the USSR’s defeat of Nazi Germany. Given this week’s blockbuster story, the invitation is clearly Putin’s way of thumbing his nose at the U.S.

But it isn’t necessarily just symbolic; the two states stand to give one another valuable help. Russia’s flagging economy could be boosted by a gas pipeline to South Korea, but that would have to pass through, you guessed it, North Korea. And as for the quid pro quo, Russia’s veto power over UN security council decisions could solve a lot of the pesky problems Pyongyang faces due to its appalling human rights record and nuclear program. Truly, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are a match made in, well…

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