Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “exchanged gifts” in the form of weapons, when the two held a high-level meeting in the Russian Far East.
Reported by the Moscow Times , Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin gave Kim a Russian-made rifle “of the highest quality”. In exchange, Putin also received a North Korean rifle from Kim Jong Un.
Apart from weapons, Putin also gave a glove from a space fleet uniform that has been used to explore outside the atmosphere several times.
Kim Jong Un has been on a state visit to Russia since last Wednesday (13/9). He chose to use the land route using an armored train leaving Pyongyang for the Red Bear Country.
Kim and Putin met at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Amur region of Russia’s Far East. At the meeting, Putin promised to help North Korea develop satellites.
Welcoming Kim’s arrival, Moscow also confirmed that Putin “gladly” accepted Kim Jong Un’s invitation to visit the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.
In the near future, it is estimated that in October, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Pyongyang to prepare plans for Putin’s arrival.
If realized, this would be Putin’s second visit to North Korea. He last visited there in July 2000 to meet Kim’s late father, Kim Jong Il, several months after he was elected president.