Russian President Vladimir Putin was making a rare trek to North Korea on Tuesday — his first in 24 years — pledging ahead of his arrival to take trade and security ties to “a higher level" amid fears by Western countries of bolstered relations between the pariah states.

During his two-day trip, Putin is expected to seek more weapons for his war in Ukraine, while North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be looking for continued military tech support and cash to help keep his regime afloat.

But the two leaders could also ink a number of “important documents" during the visit, including a "comprehensive strategic partnership treaty" outlining future cooperation and dealing with "security issues," Russia’s Tass news agency quoted Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov as saying late Monday.