Russia’s President Vladmir Putin recently sat down for talks with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Putin says the summit should help plan joint efforts to resolve a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.
Speaking on Thursday, Putin conveyed confidence that Kim’s visit will help better understand what should be done to settle the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
“what we can do together, what Russia can do to support the positive processes going on now.”
The meeting currently on going, took place on Vladivosok; A day after Kim’s armored train pulled in to the city’s Tsarist-era station.
This is the first meting the North Korean, leader is having face-to-face, with another head of state; Since his return from Hanoi with US President, Donald Trump.
Analyst predict that the meeting serves as a reminder to the US that the North Korean leader has other options in the region backing his leadership.
Kim will be looking for support from Russia to ease sanctions on it’s nuclear programme. Meanwhile Putin is eager to put Moscow forward as a player in another global flashpoint.
The major concern for Kim are the laborers in Russia and the food shortage in the country.
About 10,000 North Koreans are laborers employed in Russia. All of whom will have to leave the country by the end of the year. Based on the 2017 UN sanctions resolution takes effect.
The laborers presence is crucial in Russia’s under populated provinces that have plenty of land and natural resources.
Food Shortage in North Korea
Kim is also looking at the possibility of a food shortage in the country this summer. Russia has shown willingness to provide humanitarian aid.
For Putin, this summit is a chance for Russia to push it agenda of opposing the international influence of US.
In an interview published, Putin lashed out at “Countries claiming sole global leadership”.
“They carelessly trample on the norms and principles of international law, resorting to blackmail, sanctions and pressure, and try to force their values and dubious ideals on entire countries and populations,”said Putin.
This meeting follows repeated invitations from Putin since Kim embarked on a series of diplomatic overtures last year.