North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is on his way to the Russian far-east for a summit with President Vladimir Putin.
State media say Mr Kim is travelling on his private train. It will be his first talks with the Russian president.
The Kremlin says they will meet near the Pacific coast city of Vladivostok on Thursday, and will talk about the Korean peninsula’s “nuclear problem”.
Mr Kim is seeking support after talks with US President Donald Trump collapsed, analysts say.
Mr Trump and Mr Kim met in Hanoi earlier this year to discuss North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, but the summit – their second – ended without agreement.
Mr Putin’s foreign-policy aide, Yuri Ushakov, said the situation on the Korean peninsula had “stabilised somewhat” in recent months.
“Russia intends to help in any way possible to cement that positive trend,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
North Korean state media has yet to confirm a time or location for the summit.
But Russian and North Korean national flags are already in place on Vladivostok’s Russky island, where the meeting is expected to take place.