Following months of conjecture over the highly anticipated visit, the Kremlin has officially confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit North Korea on Tuesday.
Following the tour of Russia’s Far East by Kim Jong Un’s large green bulletproof train last year, the North Korean leader extended an invitation to Mr. Putin to pay him a visit. That was a polite invitation, accepted.
Sources had been implying for the previous week that the visit was scheduled, and satellite photos had also revealed that North Korea appeared to be making preparations.

After the question of “when” is addressed, everyone is clamoring for any updates on agreements reached, any repercussions for the conflict in Ukraine, and any stunning pictures of the pomp and circumstance that will undoubtedly accompanies the two leaders’ meeting.

The event is being referred to by the Kremlin as a “friendly state visit,” and according to Russian media, Mr. Putin and Mr. Kim may sign a partnership agreement that covers security-related matters and make joint press remarks.

But why is it relevant right now?
First of all, considering that this would only be Mr. Putin’s second visit to North Korea, there is understandable curiosity. The first came in 2000, at the beginning of his presidential career, when Mr. Kim’s father, Kim Jong-Il, was still the country’s supreme leader.
Beyond that, however, the West is concerned since this is a relationship that has evolved from mutual niceties to mutual benefits (although not to the extent experienced during the Soviet Union).

By gvoice

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