13 March 201818:23

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Korea and Head of the National Security Directorate under the President of the Republic of Korea, Chung Eui-yong, Moscow, March 13, 2018


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Esteemed Mr Chung Eui-yong,


We appreciate your coming to Russia as part of the current efforts to overcome the crisis on and around the Korean Peninsula. Your mission, carried out on behalf of the President of the Republic of Korea, Mr Moon Jae-in, is at the centre of attention of the international community. You have visited Pyongyang, Washington, Beijing and today you are in Moscow. This once again underscores the understanding by your leadership of the need to form a sufficiently strong front of all those who can help in a peaceful settlement of the crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

Russia has consistently advocated a reduction in tension, a shift from confrontational rhetoric to specific ways to find a generally acceptable approach to settling the situation. In this regard, your impressions and assessments of the situation will be valuable to us. Once again, thank you for coming to talk with us.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on the successful holding of the Olympic Games. I’m confident that the Paralympic Games will be no less successful. I think I can express special gratitude on behalf of millions of Russian fans for the kind attitude shown by your citizens towards the Russian national team and Russian athletes.

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