It was revealed on the 12th of June that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had sent a telegram to the Kremlin to commemorate Russia Day and congratulate President Vladimir Putin upon his successful rule over Russia for so many years. In his short message, Kim Jong Un stated that Russia had undergone massive developments since gaining its sovereignty 28 years ago, and the credit for most of that was dedicated to President Putin, who according to the DPRK, succeeded in building a powerful Russia under his brave leadership. The DPRK leader also reportedly ended his congratulatory message by anticipating even more success for President Putin and hoped that his country and that of the President’s would get the chance to strengthen their strategic and traditional bilateral relations sometime in the near future.
However, Kim Jong Un wasn’t the only world leader to have sent their congratulations to Russia on this special day, as Aleksandar Vučić, the President of Serbia had also sent a letter to Moscow delivering his best wishes to President Putin, and expressing Serbia’s gratitude towards Russia for always being there beside his country when international issues arose, making special effort to mention Moscow’s help in resolving the issues of Metohija and Kosovo.
Other world leaders like President Trần Đại Quang and Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc of Vietnam had also sent their congratulatory messages to their respective Russian counterparts where they highlighted the good relations between Vietnam and Russia and hoped that they would last for a long whole. Armenian President Armen Sarkissian also issued a personal message to President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of Russia Day where he delved deep into the relations between Armenians and Russians throughout history by pointing out the age-old ties of trust and mutual assistance between Russia and Armenia as a fact that he only wanted to improve.