Putin invites Kim to Russia, praises Trump summit
File photo of Vladimir Putin. Photograph: (Reuters)
After the historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, President Vladimir Putin has invited North Korea leader to visit Russia.
He conveyed the invitation to Kim Jong Un through a senior North Korean official.
His invitation was followed after he praised the results of his summit with Donald Trump.
While hosting North Korea's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam, Putin said the historic summit with the US president was "without doubt just the first step towards a full-blown settlement".
He further said, "Thanks to this meeting a possible negative scenario has been cast aside. Certainly it creates conditions for further forward movement and decreases general tensions around the Korean peninsula".
The historic summit between Kim and Trump was held on Tuesday in Singapore.
The unprecedented encounter saw the leader of the world's most powerful democracy shake hands with the third-generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship.
Putin said he would be happy to welcome Kim to Russia, suggesting they meet during an economic forum in the far eastern port city of Vladivostok this September.
The youthful North Korean leader has never visited Russia. His father, however, Kim Jong-Il, travelled to the country in his armoured train in 2011 for talks with Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's president at the time.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is the first ever Russian official to meet Kim when he travelled to Pyongyang in late May.
The two countries share a short land border and have a history of long-standing ties.
(With inputs from AFP)