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What is known of Putin and Kim Jong-un's forthcoming meeting?


It will be the first visit of the North Korean leader to Russia. According to media, the summit there will pass in a campus of Far Eastern Federal University on Russky Island on April 25 Kim Jong-un. Photo: KCNA/Reuters Kim Jong-un goes to Russia. Earlier the meeting was practically not announced. The North Korean leader will meet the Russian president on Thursday, April 25, in Vladivostok, on Russky Island, report sources of RBC and Kommersant. In the Kremlin date of the summit is officially not designated. Earlier the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov only reported that the meeting is scheduled for the end of April. If the summit takes place, it will be the first visit of Kim Jong-un to Russia. The meeting of the President of Russia and head of the DPRK was not discussed as widely as, for example, the first summit of Kim Jong-un with Donald Trump last summer. Why exact date of arrival of the North Korean leader becomes known so suddenly and only from media? Opinion of the orientalist from South Korea Fedor Tertitsky: — First, when it meets Xi Jinping, usually do not report about it at all. Probably, just the level of openness of the Russian Foreign Ministry is less, than at State Department, and more, than, let us assume, at the Chinese Foreign Ministry. And on the other hand, how there were negotiations, there is a feeling that Kim Jong-un not really also wanted to go in the beginning. To it there came the most different big Russian officials and invited him. There came Matviyenko, Lavrov, then Kolokoltsev. He agreed as a result already only after the Hanoi summit at which did not agree about anything. And as now in North Korean economy recession began, they, probably, consider all options and decided to accept the invitation of Putin which already in principle has more than a year. — Why Russia so diligently invites it and why it is not especially interesting to it? — Most likely, because Moscow is not really necessary to it. If you look at policy of Russia for North Korea, it is almost completely unconditional support of the Chinese line. Probability of that, from the point of view of Kim Jong-un that he will manage to agree about something with Moscow, quite low therefore he thinks that if he agrees with Chinese, then, most likely, Moscow will change the line too. And to speak directly with Putin there is no special sense. Moscow, most likely, will tell that as North Korea does not conduct nuclear tests, Russia supports a little to weaken sanctions as reciprocal gesture of good will. Plus, most likely, will be a lot of talk on tripartite cooperation between North and South Korea and Russia, but hardly from this something will leave because to this talk it is already a lot of years, and a cart, alas, and nowadays there. As there are no official data on the forthcoming meeting, in media there is a lot of speculation. As the South Korean newspaper "Choson Ilbo" reports, the sister of Kim Jong-un already arrived in Vladivostok for preparation of the summit. The Kommersant newspaper writes that to travel around Vladivostok the leader of the DPRK agrees only on own limousine. This car does not pass on height

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