Putin Heads to Vietnam After Brief North Korea Visit

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.20 - 2024 8:49 AM CET

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
After a brief visit to North Korea, Vladimir Putin arrives in Vietnam.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin left Pyongyang on Wednesday night after a 20-hour state visit to North Korea.

He is scheduled to arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam, early Thursday morning for his second state visit this week, according to Novaya Gazeta.

During his visit to Pyongyang, Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a comprehensive strategic partnership agreement aimed at strengthening ties between Russia and North Korea.

Despite the formalities, the visit yielded few concrete agreements. This was Putin’s first visit to North Korea in 24 years.

Upcoming Vietnam Visit

Putin's visit to Vietnam comes at the invitation of Nguyen Phu Trong, the general secretary of the country’s ruling Communist Party. He is expected to stay in Vietnam until Thursday.

Ahead of Putin's visit, the Vietnamese government chose not to attend a peace summit in Switzerland focused on ending the war in Ukraine.

However, demonstrating warm relations with Moscow, Vietnam sent its deputy foreign minister to Russia for a BRICS meeting.

Vietnam is preparing an extensive program of state honors for Putin’s first visit since 2017. According to officials, the leaders are expected to announce agreements in trade, investment, technology, and education.