Interfax reports that Igor Morgulov, Deputy Minister for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Russia will not recognize unilateral US sanctions against North Korea, nor will it expel North Korean citizens that fall under the US sanctions from Russian territory.
“We will only comply with sanctions passed by the Security Council of the United Nations. We will not recognize unilateral US sanctions, and we do not have any international obligations to comply with them,” he said.
On January 24, the United States expanded its list of sanctions against North Korea. The list includes sixteen individuals, all of whom are citizens of North Korea. Among them are several individuals who work for North Korean companies in Russia.