Russian Diplomats Have A Tough Time In North Korea
Strict coronavirus restrictions forced Russian diplomats to take to hand-pushed rail trolley to take their families back home in Russia from North Korea. It is to be noted that North Korea imposed a stricter border shutdown last January to cut all its connections with the world to contain coronavirus pandemic.
How did Russian diplomats reach home?
Russia’s foreign ministry’s verified Telegram account posted a video of eight Russian diplomats and their family members including a three-year-old-girl sitting with all their belongings in a hand-pushed rail trolley and waving and cheering on approaching their homeland tells the real story.
The video has the Third Secretary Vladislav Sorokin, the only man in the group, is seen pushing the trolley across a border railway bridge. It was a 32-hour train journey from Pyongyang after which they took a two-hour bus ride to reach the border. Sorokin had to push the non-self-propelled railcar for more than a kilometer.
Why ambassadors are leaving North Korea?
North has some of the strictest restrictions for coronavirus infection. And the restrictions have started taking a toll over working of embassies. Countries are facing difficulties with maintaining staff and supplies needed for carrying out the diplomatic work. For this reason, the western embassies have started pulling out their staff from the North.
How are Russia’s relations with North Korea?
Russia has already severed its ties with the North Korea and it maintains only a significant diplomatic presence in Pyongyang. It is to be noted that North Korea is already under sanctions due to nuclear tests.