THE Pyongyang has been decked out to welcome him Vladimir Putin, with the city streets being filled with Russian flags and portraits of the Russian president.

Footage released by Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti shows signs welcoming Putin and North Korean propaganda posters. Also on the main streets, North Koreans can be seen, but not as many as one would expect.

“The friendship between North Korea and Russia is eternal”, reads a sign outside Pyongyang’s Sunan International Airport.

“We warmly welcome Comrade Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin,” says another.

Russian president praises North Korea for ‘strong support’ of Moscow’s war in Ukraine, ahead of first visit to Pyongyang for 24 years.

Putin will meet with leader Kim Jong Un.

Russia and North Korea will jointly build the security architecture in Eurasia, counter Western sanctions and establish independent trading systems, Vladimir Putin said in his article for the North Korean news agency Rodong Sinmun, published on the Kremlin’s website.

The Russian president arrived in Siberian city of Yakutsk before departing for North Korea and Vietnam.