Putin & Kim set to meet in Vladivostok, Russia on April 25

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Putin & Kim set to meet in Vladivostok, Russia on April 25 © Reuters / KCNA; © Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERSVladimir

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier confirmed that the meeting would take place before the end of the month.

Earlier reports suggested that the leaders will hold talks on the Russky Island near Vladisvostok.

A short time ago a video appeared that shows a large motorcade, including two unidentified black limos, arriving through a checkpoint. The footage published on YouTube shows the main entrance to the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) on Russky Island in Russia’s Far East.

The official agenda of the upcoming talks has not been revealed but it is expected that the leaders will discuss security and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The meeting is due to take place amidst the breakdown of Pyongyang’s negotiations with Washington. Earlier this month, North Korean leader gave the US until the end of 2019 to change its “posture” if it wants to make another summit between him and President Donald Trump possible. Kim also expressed dissatisfaction with the negotiation style of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying that he should be excluded from future talks.

But Washington insisted on keeping Pompeo on the team.

Russia welcomed the face-to-face talks between the US and North Korea but opposed the use of ultimatums and stressed that sanctions alone can’t resolve the situation.