DPRK announces Putin's visit to Pyongyang
Russian leader Vladimir Putin is set to make a visit to Pyongyang in the coming weeks. If the visit happens, this will mark the first visit by the Russian leader to North Korea since the year 2000
North Korea's state media outlet, KCNA, reported on the visit.
According to their statement, "The DPRK government warmly welcomes President Putin to visit Pyongyang and is ready to greet the Korean people's closest friend with the greatest sincerity."
The announcement comes after Putin expressed his willingness to visit Pyongyang in the near future during a recent meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui in Russia.
Putin's potential visit to North Korea, speculated to occur before Russia's presidential election in March, would represent his first trip to the country since July 2000.
While Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed Russia's hope for the visit to happen "in the foreseeable future," the specific date is yet to be confirmed.
In September 2023, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held a meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome.