North Korea's Kim Jong Un enters Russia for summit with Vladimir Putin
Updated : 2019-04-24 13:41:46
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed the border into Russia on Wednesday by train for his first trip there, aimed at galvanising support from President Vladimir Putin while nuclear talks with Washington are in limbo.
Kim is expected to project himself as a serious world player at his first meeting with the Russian leader on Thursday and at the same time seek assistance from a key ally to ease economic pressure brought on by US and international sanctions.
The young leader will meet Putin in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok, with the nuclear stalemate with the United States topping the agenda, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said.
"In the last few months the situation around the peninsula has stabilised somewhat, thanks in large part to North Korea's initiatives of stopping rocket testing and closing its nuclear test site," Ushakov told reporters.
"Russia intends to help in any way possible to cement that positive trend."