Preparations underway for Kim-Putin summit in Russian Federation

Saul Bowman
April 24, 2019

The one-on-one negotiations will happen on April 25 in the eastern port of Vladivostok.

Russian Federation had written off $11 billion in debt accrued by North Korea during the Soviet era, according to Dr Petrov, "so Russian Federation had the expectations that it would permit to prepare a new slate for economic [cooperation] between the two countries".

News website reported that municipal authorities undertook road works to make the entryway in and out of the train station less steep - presumably to allow Kim's motorcade to drive straight out from the platform.

Kim Yo-jong became a staple of Kim's foreign policy in early 2018 after the communist dictator sent her to South Korea to represent him at the Winter Olympics that year, attracting praise and curiosity from many in the Western media.

Analysts say that by reaching out to Russia Kim could be looking to balance Beijing's influence, while Putin is keen to project Russian influence in another global flashpoint. -North Korea summit in Vietnam in February meant no relief on sanctions for North Korea.

Unlike Kim's forays into South Korea, there are no reports that he is bringing North Korean artists and performers with him, or who numerous individuals not belonging to senior diplomatic arms of Pyongyang's regime will be.

North Korea announced last week that it had tested what it called a new type of "tactical guided weapon".

"It's not that Kim is some great friend with Russian Federation".

It will be the first meeting between the leaders, said Ushakov, according to TASS news agency.

The upcoming summit will be the first meeting between the leaders of the two countries in eight years, after Kim's late father, former leader Kim Jong-il, met then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2011.

"This would give President Putin a better insight into what was discussed by Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump behind the closed doors in Singapore and Hanoi", Dr Petrov said.

FILE - In this August 23, 2002, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, smiles as he hugs North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during their meeting in Vladivostok.

"Japan seeks to normalise its relations with North Korea by comprehensively resolving outstanding issues of concern such as the abductions, nuclear and missile issues as well as settling an unfortunate past", Suga said.

It's not clear how - or even if - Putin will push the stalled nuclear talks along, and the visit may have more to do with each nation's economic interests.

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