Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has arrived at Knevichi airfield in Vladivostok in Russia's far east and was greeted by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Russian media reported on Saturday.
Kim will oversee a display of Russian warships and is expected to visit the Far Eastern Federal University and marine biology laboratories at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Vladivostok, Putin told Russian television after the meeting with Kim on Wednesday at the Vostochny cosmodrome spaceport roughly 8,000 kilometers from Moscow.
Kim, who arrived at the Russian border town of Khasan early on Tuesday, is paying an official visit to the Russian Federation "to put the DPRK-Russia relations of friendship and cooperation to a fresh higher level," according to state news agency KCNA.
His visit, the first official one since the COVID-19 pandemic began, has provoked speculation by Western intelligence agencies that the two sides would sign an arms export deal to enable Russia to acquire DPRK weapons and ammunition to use in Ukraine, something both Moscow and Pyongyang have denied.
No agreements have been signed during Kim's ongoing trip and "there was no plan to sign any," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday after Wednesday's talks between Putin and Kim.
During the meeting, Putin accepted an invitation from Kim to visit his country.