07:49 GMT09 May 2021
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    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un may come to Russia in September to join in the festivities marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Chinese media reported on Saturday.

    Chances are high that Kim will also meet Russia’s President Vladimir Putin as part of the anniversary celebrations in Khabarovsk, in the Russian Far East, the China Youth daily newspaper reported, citing sources in the Kremlin.

    Russian officials have denied any knowledge of the upcoming summit though.

    The North Korean leader decided against coming to Moscow for the Victory Day celebrations on May 9 citing internal affairs in his country as the reason he had to cancel the planned visit.

    Pyongyang then said that Kim Yong-nam, the head of the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, would attend the Moscow events.

    South Korean experts believe that Vladimir Putin could meet Kim Jong-Un either during the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on August 12-15 or during a stopover on his way to Japan later in the year.

    Political experts in Moscow, well informed about the current state of Russian-North Korean relations, dismiss these reports as mere speculation.

    Meanwhile, sources in the Russian parliament said that North Korea’s parliamentary speaker Choe Thae-bok was expected in  Moscow shortly, but added that the visit had nothing to do with any planned meeting between the two countries’ leaders.


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