September 30, 2023
Analysis

When Putin met the Kims: 20 years of armored trains and opulence

A look at leaders’ summits as reports swirl of upcoming meeting between Russian president and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

Vladimir Putin is one of the few people on the planet who can claim to enjoy a long-time relationship with North Korea’s ruling Kim family. Yet despite decades of lukewarm ties, the rumored upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un could be Putin’s chance to really hit things off between the two countries.

If media reports are to be believed, Putin is about to hold his fifth summit with a North Korean leader, putting him among the foreign leaders to have held the most meetings with a ruling Kim.