North Korea’s Kim Jong-il has begun his first public visit to Russia since 2002. Now, as then, he crossed the border by train.
The reclusive leader will meet President Dmitry Medvedev and spend time in Russia’s Far East and Siberia.
Russia is a member of the long-stalled six party talks on North Korea’s nuclear programme. Their possible resumption could be discussed.
North Korea is also seeking economic aid after suffering devastating floods and US-led sanctions. Russia says it will send 50,000 tonnes of grain by the end of September.