LONDON, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Russia and North Korea have restarted train travel for the first time since train travel was halted during the COVID pandemic with an unusually opulent cargo – 30 thoroughbred horses Grey.
A freight train carrying the “Orlov Trotter” horses left the Russian Far East through the Khasan-Tumangan crossing, according to the Russian veterinary service. He posted a photo of several horses in a train car.
“The animals, 5 stallions, 25 mares, were quarantined in the city of Suzdal, Vladimir region, then arrived at the Khasan railway checkpoint in three specially equipped trucks for further shipment to the DPRK” , the Russian veterinary service said in a statement. .
The “Orlov Trotter” is Russia’s most famous horse and is known, according to the veterinary service, for its “frozen trot”.
Russian state news agency RIA said it was the first train to North Korea since COVID restrictions were imposed in 2020. It said the drugs would follow in later shipments.
It was not immediately clear why 30 Orlov Trotter thoroughbreds were needed in North Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a horse enthusiast.
He was shown in 2019 by North Korean media riding through mountain snows astride a white stallion. Russian customs data shows that North Korea has spent thousands of dollars on Russian thoroughbred horses in previous years.
Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Angus MacSwan
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