SEOUL/MOSCOW, September 11
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has set off for Russia aboard a special train, a South Korean source said, as Pyongyang and Moscow on Monday confirmed a summit with President Vladimir Putin amid Russia's deepening isolation over the war in Ukraine.
Kim has been invited by Putin, the Kremlin said, while North Korean state news agency KCNA said the two would "meet and have a talk", without elaborating.
US officials have said the pair would discuss possible arms deals to aid Russia's war in Ukraine and provide North Korea with a much-needed economic and political lifeline.
Washington and its allies have been voicing concern at recent signs of closer military cooperation between Russia and the nuclear-armed North.
It will be Kim's second summit with Putin, after the pair met in 2019.
Despite denials by both Pyongyang and Moscow, the United States has said talks are advancing actively for North Korea to supply arms to Russia, which has expended vast stocks of weapons in more than 18 months of war. The North Korean leader left aboard his train late on Sunday, a senior South Korean government said. — Reuters
‘Ruling party has won most votes’
Moscow: Russia’s Central Election Commission said on Monday that the country's ruling party won the most votes in elections held in occupied Ukrainian regions as Russian authorities attempt to tighten their grip on territories Moscow illegally annexed a year ago. The voting for Russia-installed legislatures began last week. Lawmakers from the United Russia came out on top in four Ukrainian regions Moscow annexed in 2022. AP
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