MOSCOW, April 23. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vladivostok on April 25, Kremlin Aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters.
"The date is April 25. Our president will hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vladivostok who will pay a visit to our country. That meeting will be the first contact between our president and the North Korean leader," Ushakov said.
He apologized to the media for the fact that Kremlin had not informed reporters about the arrangements for the Russian-North Korean summit for a long time. "We did that due to an agreement with our North Korean counterparts not to hand over information about the upcoming meeting to the media, and we did observe that agreement strictly," he explained.
Ushakov stressed that Russia would be the first country that Kim Jong-un would visit after the first session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly was held in the first half of April, which re-elected him as Chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission.
According to the Kremlin aide, the two leaders will meet face-to-face, after which they will be joined by the delegations’ members, and a formal reception will be held.
The Russian delegation will include Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Transport Minister Yevgeny Dietrich, Minister for the Development of Russia’s Far East Alexander Kozlov, Russian Railways CEO Oleg Belozerov and Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky. Kremlin Aide Yuri Ushakov and Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov will take part in the talks as well.
The previous Russian-North Korean summit was held in 2011, when the current leader’s father, Kim Jong-il, met with then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryatia Region. Vladimir Putin visited North Korea in 2000, and that was the first top-level visit in the history of bilateral relations.