December 03, 2023

Russian military plane lands in North Korea after unannounced flight

VIP plane makes 2nd trip to Pyongyang since August amid speculation over weapons deals and ahead of Russian FM’s visit

A Russian military plane flew directly from Moscow to Pyongyang on Tuesday, according to flight tracker data, in an unannounced trip that follows Kim Jong Un’s recent visit to Russia.

The Ilyushin Il-62 VIP passenger plane with tail number RA-86559 previously made another unannounced trip to Pyongyang for around 36 hours in early August, days after Russian defense chief Sergei Shoigu’s visit to the North Korean capital.