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(LEAD) N. Korean leader to meet Russian president in Siberia's Ulan Ude: source
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MOSCOW, Aug. 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il may begin his Russian visit on Saturday and is expected to hold summit talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in a Siberian city on Tuesday, an informed source here said.

   The Kim-Medvedev summit will take place at a military facility in Ulan Ude, said the source, noting an advance team from the Kremlin has already arrived in the third-largest city in eastern Siberia.

   The commander of the military unit has recently visited North Korea to prepare for the summit, the source added.

   The Russian daily Izvestia also reported Friday, quoting an official of the country's presidential office, that the leaders of North Korea and Russia will meet in Ulan Ude next week.

   Ulan Ude is the capital city of the Buryat Republic, Russia, located about 100 kilometers southeast of Lake Baikal, with a population of about 400,000. Major industries there are metals and machinery.

   On Saturday, Japan's Kyodo News, quoting unnamed Russian government officials, reported that Kim's visit to Russia will begin later in the day.

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