Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping cook pancakes while visiting "The Far East Street" exhibition on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, September 11, 2018.
The White House said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump had received a letter from Kim Jong Un asking for a second meeting. "Amid the quickly changing global situation and the factors of instability and unpredictability, the cooperation of Russian Federation and China takes on greater and greater importance", he said.
The two leaders ate pancakes with caviar and had shots of vodka at an exhibition at the sidelines of an economic forum in the far eastern port of Vladivostok. It will be the first time for the Chinese head of state to participate in the event.
The joint drills "will send a message to the US and its allies: if they continue the current course of containing Moscow and Beijing, the two largest powers in Eurasia will be forced to join hands", said Alexander Gabuev, head of the Carnegie Moscow Center's Russian Federation in the Asia-Pacific Program.
Prime Minister Lee thanked President Putin for Russia's support towards establishing permanent peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, and said that the South Korean government was doing its best to implement what was agreed in June, between Presidents Moon Jae-in and Putin, including the "nine bridges" of cooperation between South Korea and Russian Federation.