Russian President Vladimir Putin Arrives in North Korea for Official Visit

Upon his arrival in Pyongyang, President Putin was warmly received by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Pyongyang, June 19, 2024 — Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in North Korea for a two-day official visit aimed at bolstering ties between the two nations. This visit comes as both Moscow and Pyongyang seek to closely cooperate to counter US-led sanctions and political pressure.

Upon his arrival in Pyongyang, President Putin was warmly received by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The visit marks Putin’s first trip to North Korea in nearly two decades and follows his meeting with Kim in Russia’s Far East nine months ago.

According to IRNA’s Wednesday morning report, citing Russian news agencies, Putin’s schedule in North Korea is tightly packed. The main activities will take place on Wednesday, including negotiations in various formats and both official and unofficial meetings between the Russian and North Korean leaders.

Accompanying President Putin are several high-ranking Russian officials, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defense Minister Andrey Belousov, First Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, and Minister of Natural Resources Alexander Kozlov.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Arrives in North Korea for Official Visit

The visit occurs amid severe Western sanctions on both Russia and North Korea, with the strengthening of their relations causing concern in Europe and the United States. The West has accused North Korea of supplying weapons to Russia for use in the war against Ukraine, allegations that both Moscow and Pyongyang have denied. However, Putin expressed appreciation for North Korea’s support of Russia’s military actions in Ukraine in comments made to state media shortly before his arrival in Pyongyang.

Yury Ushakov, Putin’s aide, indicated that the two leaders are set to discuss “the most important and sensitive issues” during Wednesday’s talks. The discussions, taking place at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, involve delegations from both countries.

The focus of Putin’s visit is largely on the international agenda, with both nations expected to sign several bilateral documents. Among these agreements is a landmark Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement, which is anticipated to further solidify the ties between Russia and North Korea.

The visit underscores the deepening relationship between Moscow and Pyongyang at a time when both countries are facing increased isolation and sanctions from the West. As Putin and Kim continue their talks, the international community watches closely, aware of the potential implications for global geopolitical dynamics.

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