Vladimir Putin Gifts Kim Jong Un a Lavish Russian Limousine During Visit to North Korea to Deepen Economic Ties

By Jace Dela Cruz

Jun 20, 2024 10:21 AM EDT

During a visit to North Korea to strengthen economic ties, Russia's President Vladimir Putin gifted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a Russian-made limousine, a tea set, and artwork. 

TOPSHOT - In this pool photograph distributed by the Russian state agency Sputnik, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) walks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a welcoming ceremony upon Putin's arrival in Pyongyang, early on June 19, 2024.
(Photo : GAVRIIL GRIGOROV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Russia's Vladimir Putin Visits North Korea After Nearly 25 Years

According to the BBC, Vladimir Putin's arrival in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday was marked by a grand ceremony. This was his first visit to the country in nearly 25 years.

Kim Jong Un greeted the Russian President with a ceremony featuring stallions, balloons, and large posters of the two leaders. The festivities included a tea party and a gala concert. The Kremlin reported that Putin and Kim engaged in a private two-hour conversation.

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Vladimir Putin Gives Kim Jong Un an Aurous Limousine

Russian state media reported that Vladimir Putin gave Kim Jong Un a luxury Aurus limousine. The two leaders were seen driving in an Aurus, though it was unclear if it was the newly gifted vehicle.

In February, Putin sent Kim another Aurus sedan delivered in defiance of UN sanctions. Kim is known for his interest in luxury cars and boasts a collection that includes Maybach limousines, several Mercedes models, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, and a Lexus SUV.  

The show of unity reportedly comes at a time when both nations face international isolation.

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