Russia has welcomed North Korean pioneer Kim Jong Un to visit the nation, Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.
Peskov said Kim may visit Russia as a component of a financial discussion held in the far eastern city of Vladivostok in September.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been invited to Moscow by Russia’s foreign minister.
Sergei Lavrov extended the offer as he met the leader of the secretive communist state in Pyongyang, ahead of a possible summit between Donald Trump and Mr Kim in June where the pair are expected to discuss tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.
Mr Lavrov’s visit to the North Korean capital suggests Russia wants to convey Moscow’s concerns and keep abreast of North Korea’s intentions.
He passed on Vladimir Putin’s “warmest regards and best wishes” for Mr Kim’s “big endeavours” on the Korean peninsula and invited him to Moscow.
“Come to Russia. We would be very happy to see you,” Mr Lavrov, seated across a table from Mr Kim, said on footage aired on TV.
He expressed Moscow’s support for the declaration between North and South Korea to work towards the denuclearisation of the peninsula, which they agreed last month.
Russia’s foreign minister also held talks with his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong-ho.
Mr Lavrov said Moscow hoped all sides would take a delicate approach to the possible talks on nuclear disarmament on the peninsula and not try to rush the process.
“This will allow for the realisation not only of the denuclearisation of the whole Korean peninsula but also to provide sustainable peace and stability across north-east Asia,” Mr Lavrov was quoted as saying by his ministry.
He said Russia supported denuclearisation and the border effort to create a stable and long-lasting peace in the region, but indicated Moscow believes sanctions can be eased while the process is in progress, diverging from the US position denuclearisation must come first.