The plans to hold joint exercises with North Korea and Cuba were announced by Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia. Thus, Moscow decided to respond to the exercises of the NATO forces, held in Europe and with the Ukrainian military.
Washington believes that Moscow wants to demonstrate that it does not remain isolated internationally in the field of military cooperation. Russia continues to oppose itself to NATO, and is doing everything to end this confrontation.
North Korea, whose regime the West considers as totalitarian, can be a really long-time partner for Russia. And the joint exercises can be held, experts say. Unlike Cuba. Despite the fact that Moscow and Havana have a long relationship, recently diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba have improved and this friendship is more preferred for many Cubans.