From Russia with Love…Putin’s “Visit to North Korea & Vietnam” Reported on the spot, even bringing a black ambulance. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

From Russia with Love…Putin’s “Visit to North Korea & Vietnam” Reported on the spot, even bringing a black ambulance.

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A total of 13 related vehicles were brought in from Russia …… to cover the tense situation on the ground.

Aurus Senat limousine, a presidential vehicle brought in from Russia. Two vehicles were brought into North Korea, and it is believed that he is operating multiple limousines as in the U.S. A redesigned Senate limousine also made an appearance at the inauguration ceremony for his fifth term in office in May of this year.

From June 18 to 20, 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited North Korea and Vietnam, and was received as a guest of honor in both countries.

However, he arrived in North Korea at about 2:45 a.m. local time on June 19 and departed at about 11 p.m. on June 19, and arrived in Vietnam at about 2 a.m. local time on June 20 and returned home before midnight on June 20.

President Putin has always been a big tardy person. In the past, he has demonstrated his tardiness regardless of whether his opponent is the Pope or anyone else, and it is said that he is intentionally late, a tactic known only to Putin himself.

The author interviewed Putin in Hanoi, Vietnam, and deployed to the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, the hotel where the president stays, at around 23:00 on June 19. This hotel is also where the U.S.-North Korea summit meeting took place in February ’19.

Police officers began to be deployed along the roadside from around 1:00 a.m. on June 20, the day the date changed. Despite it being late at night, there were many citizens who had gathered to catch a glimpse of President Putin, but the police ordered them to return home, and in no time at all, the town took on the appearance of a ghost town.

Yes, Vietnam has a soft image due to tourism and other reasons, but it is still a socialist country. As in Japan, it is unacceptable to use force against a police officer, and if one does so, he or she is immediately detained.

However, the local media with SLR cameras and other equipment (presumably) gathered one after another, and the author, with two SLR cameras hanging from his neck and no press pass, was able to be there with no repercussions at all, and was able to conduct his interview upon arrival. However, there was no inspection of personal belongings or checking of IDs. It is not clear whether the security system is lenient or strict.

When President Putin left the hotel at around 10:00 a.m. to attend the Vietnamese government’s welcome ceremony, ordinary citizens and foreign tourists were allowed to remain at the same spot as earlier in the day, and were allowed to take pictures.

The city of Hanoi was in a welcoming mood with Russian flags and other flags flying.

When the presidential motorcade approached at 12:00 p.m., a reporter from a Japanese TV station who had begun his report near me was asked by a plainclothes police officer to stop reporting and move away (there were no restrictions on filming), and the scene was tense.

In other locations, media from other countries were prohibited from filming and asked to leave the scene, highlighting the differences depending on the location and the person in charge.

What stood out this time were the many special vehicles and other items that President Putin brought from Russia.

When President Putin came to Japan in 2007 to attend the G20 Osaka Summit, he brought a total of six vehicles, including two special vehicles and four security vehicles. In total, 13 vehicles were brought to Hanoi from Moscow.

Of particular interest was a black ambulance. In Russia, ambulances (black vans) have been seen accompanying the presidential motorcade on many occasions in the past, but it is unprecedented for President Putin to bring such a vehicle to a visiting country on a foreign trip, and this may have been done with the health of President Putin and emergency treatment in mind in case of an attack.

After attending the welcoming ceremony and summit meeting, President Putin offered flowers at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and other locations, and in the evening attended a dinner party at the Hanoi National Opera House before departing Vietnam before 24:00 for home. We spoke with Vietnamese citizens about this visit by President Putin.

A Vietnamese cameraman in his 20s who was on the scene said, “I am worried about the future of the Vietnamese government, which until now has aligned itself with the United States and other Western countries, now that it is meeting with President Putin. I hope it doesn’t go down the road of destruction.

A woman in her 50s, who was welcoming the delegation with Vietnamese and Russian flags, said, “The relationship between Vietnam and Russia is wonderful. I hope they will get to know each other better,” she said excitedly. President Putin’s shrewd diplomacy may become more active in the future.

The Aurus Senat is the same model as the one he presented to Kim Jong-Un during his visit. It became famous in North Korea in a video in which Putin and Kim Jong-Un enjoyed taking turns driving it. In Vietnam, it served as a reserve vehicle.
An ambulance brought from Russia for Putin’s exclusive use. This is believed to be the first time he has taken it on a foreign trip. It is also being brought to North Korea, perhaps to provide a quick response to injuries sustained in the event of an attack on the country or in the event of health problems.
Preparations had been underway since the day before at the parking lot of the Thang Long Castle Ruins near the Presidential Palace for the firing of a salute to President Putin. On the day of the welcoming ceremony, twenty-one courtesy shots were fired.
  • Photography, Reporting, and Writing Takuma Arimura

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