December 30, 2017
In direct violation of U.N. sanctions, new reports claim Russian tankers may have supplied fuel to North Korean tankers on at least three separate occasions.
In a report published by Reuters Friday, Western European security sources said Russia has been providing an economic lifeline to the rogue state.
The sources cited intelligence and satellite imagery to confirm the existence of ship to ship fuel trade between Russia and North Korea.
There is no evidence to suggest the transfer was backed by the Russian government, but the numerous incidents suggest the country isn’t taking extreme measures against those violating U.N. sanctions.
Moments later, the Russian foreign ministry responded to that report, denying the allegations.
In a statement earlier Saturday officials said Russia has fully and strictly observed the sanctions against the regime.
The ministry added though restrictions were placed on oil imports, they have not been fully banned.
This, after the United Nations security council unanimously voted to implement bans and restrictions on imports to the isolated state earlier this month.