Will Kim Jong Un meet Putin at the Eastern Economic Forum? | NK News
June 13, 2024

Will Kim Jong Un meet Putin at the Eastern Economic Forum?

Moscow likely hopes a summit can help restore its dwindling relevance on the North Korean issue

Signaling the Bear's attempt to claw a place for itself in East Asia, the upcoming Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) has been an annual opportunity for Russia to assert itself as more than a mere geographic appendage to East Asia. Scheduled to take place between September 11-13, this year's gathering of leaders, however, has the potential to be unlike any other.  

During his visit to the North Korean capital in May of this year, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov passed an invitation from Vladimir Putin along to Kim Jong Un asking the latter to join the Eastern Economic Forum this year.

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