Western leaders will be watching warily as Vladimir Putin landed in North Korea this evening for the first time in 24 years, to solidify his budding bromance with Kim Jong Un, supreme leader of the world’s most isolated state.

A warm welcome awaits the Russian leader in the capital. The streets of city Pyongyang are lined with Russian flags and portraits of Putin while a banner outside the airport greets “comrade Vladimir”, boasting that “the friendship between North Korea and Russia is eternal.”

This is the second meeting between the two leaders in less than a year. Back in September, the reclusive and paranoid North Korean dictator embarked on his first foreign trip in four years, travelling 20 hours on his bulletproof train to visit Putin in Russia’s far east.