Russia is preparing for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s first summit with President Vladimir Putin, South Korea’s Yonhap News reported, setting the stage for consultations between the long-time allies after Kim’s nuclear talks with the US broke down. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow that plans were being made for a summit but offered no details on a time or place, Yonhap said Tuesday. Peskov’s comments came before a meeting of South Korean and Russian diplomats in Moscow. South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper said in a separate report Tuesday that Putin and Kim’s summit is likely to take place April 24 in Vladivostok, before Putin’s April 26-27 visit to Beijing to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. South Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun met with Russia’s First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Vladimir Titov and said both men thought the collapsed February summit between Kim and President Donald Trump in Hanoi “was not a failure” and denuclearisation talks should be pursued, Yonhap reported. Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un open to possible third summit Russia, which wields veto power on the United Nations Security Council, has expressed repeated support for the reduction of sanctions that have crippled North Korea’s economy. It would be Kim’s first visit to Russia since taking power in 2011, as he calls for an end to the sanctions intended to punish North Korea for its disputed nuclear program. The severity of those penalties were a major factor in the collapse of his summit with Trump, who wants Kim to make greater disarmament commitments before receiving economic rewards. The US and its allies have balked at allowing the development of projects long sought by North Korea and currently blocked by sanctions – including an energy pipeline that would extend into Russia and regular train service across the Russian-North Korean border – until Pyongyang agrees to reduce its security threat. South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office said it wasn’t its place to confirm the date and location of any upcoming summit between Putin and Kim.