Clinking glasses & swapping swords: Watch highlights from Kim's summit with Putin (VIDEOS)
The short official visit got off to a traditional start with ‘karavai,’ a type of bread, and salt being presented to the Korean leader upon his arrival.
In a rather unusual piece of protocol (but impressive feat of train maintenance), Kim’s signature armored train was polished by his bodyguards as it rumbled into Vladivostok, before the fedora-wearing North Korean leader alighted to be greeted by Russian dignitaries.
It was all smiles as the two world leaders shook hands at their first-ever face-to-face meeting.
The two swapped swords as a symbol of the mutual respect between nations. Putin presented Kim with a Russian curved saber, and as the pair exchanged gifts the North Korean leader remarked: “[This sword] represents strength, it represents the soul – mine and that of our people, who support you.”
Putin and his guest later wrapped up their hours of official talks with a lavish dinner, surrounded by a night sky-like canopy.
The pair appeared to bid one another a warm farewell as Kim and his entourage moved off on the close of the summit.
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