Russia Anticipates Visit From North Korea’s Kim Jong Un
luvsmiling, April 23, 2015, 8:53 a.m.
Russia is preparing to host a summit between President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next month on the sidelines of World War II victory celebrations in Moscow. The ITAR-TASS news agency on Wednesday quoted Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov as saying, "We're ready for that, including individual bilateral talks with the [North] Korean leader."
But Ushakov said the two sides are still fine-tuning details. If the visit does take place, it would be Kim's first official trip abroad since he came to power in 2011. Russia invited 60 countries, but the U.S. and most European nations declined due to Russia's invasion of the Ukraine. Korea will send Saenuri Party lawmaker Yoon Sang-hyun, a key aide of President Park Geun-hye. Chinese President Xi Jinping is reportedly going to attend.
Russia said representatives from around 25 countries have accepted the invite. Even if Kim does visit Moscow, it is uncertain whether he will sit together with other world leaders. Some may opt to delay their trips to Russia to avoid him.