Day: April 20, 2019

With Kim Jong Un-Vladimir Putin summit, Moscow eyes role in North Korea

With Kim Jong Un-Vladimir Putin summit, Moscow eyes role in North Korea

World
Moscow: With Russia's Vladimir Putin set for his first talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this month, Moscow is eyeing a major role in yet another global flashpoint. The situation on the Korean peninsula seemed to be stabilising after a historic meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump last year, at which they both backed de-nuclearisation. But a second round of talks ended in failure and Pyongyang this week said it was testing weapons again. Now Putin, who has long expressed his readiness to meet with Kim, is gearing up to play a bigger role in nuclear negotiations with Moscow's Cold War-era ally, with which it shares a short border. Russia's main interest in the summit is to remind other players "that it exists and that it has economic and political potential" in the ...