North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un is currently traveling to Russia by armored train to meet with President Vladimir Putin. This rare encounter between the two isolated leaders is driven by their need for support in their respective standoffs with the West. Kim is seeking economic aid and military technology for his country, while Putin is looking to refill ammunition stores depleted by the war in Ukraine. This meeting also provides an opportunity for Kim to bypass U.N. sanctions and diplomatic isolation. The exact location of the meeting is uncertain, with some speculating that Kim may be headed to the Vostochny spaceport. Despite potential concerns about violating sanctions, Russia and North Korea have grown closer since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022.