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Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 11:59
DPRK's Kim arrives in Russia before summit with Putin
By Agencies
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 11:59 By Agencies

This handout picture provided by press service of Administration of Primorsky Krai shows the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's leader Kim Jong-un disembarking from his private armoured train at a station in the Russian border town of Khasan on April 24, 2019. (ALEXANDEER SAFRONOV / PRESS SERVICE OF ADMINISTRATION OF PRIMORSKY KRAI / AFP)

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Russia on Wednesday morning for his much-anticipated summit with President Vladimir Putin in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok.

The official Korean Central News Agency said Kim was seen off by officials and residents as he left Pyongyang by his special train at dawn, and Russian news agency Tass quoted a local official as saying Kim was given flowers, bread and salt at the Hasan train station after crossing the border.

READ MORE: Putin, Kim 'to discuss bilateral ties, Korean denuclearization'

Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov told Russian media the summit on Thursday will will be held in a one-on-one manner before extended negotiations between delegations and an official reception.

"This meeting will be the first contact between our president and the DPRK leader," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Ushakov as telling reporters.

The talks will be primarily focused on a political and diplomatic solution to the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, he said.

Ushakov said Russia intends to help maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula, and will work together with other involved countries on "creating prerequisites and a favorable atmosphere for achieving serious agreements to resolve the Korean Peninsula problem."

The participants do not yet plan to sign any document or make a joint statement, Ushakov said.

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Putin will meet Kim on his way to the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which is scheduled from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.  

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