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    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that there are no concrete plans for Russian President to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in eastern Russia ahead of Putin’s trip to China.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) There are no concrete plans for Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in eastern Russia ahead of Putin’s trip to China, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

    “I can’t say anything about that yet, there aren’t any concrete plans so far in regard to this,” Peskov told journalists.

    Earlier, a number of news agencies reported that Kim may travel to Khabarovsk in the beginning of September to attend a ceremony dedicated to the end of World War II.

    Diplomatic relations between Russia and North Korea were established in 1948. Relations between the countries diminished following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but improved in the 2000s.

    Kim Jong Un was slated to attend celebrations for the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in World War II in Moscow on May 9, but canceled his trip citing domestic business.

    In April, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said that Moscow was prepared to hold individual bilateral talks with the North Korean leader.

    Several Pyongyang officials visited Russia, including North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong in September and Choe Ryong Hae, a senior member of the North Korean Politburo and a close aide to Kim Jong Un, in November.

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