Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea Chung Eui-yong, Moscow, October 27, 2021
Welcome to Moscow. I am delighted to see you again. In March 2021, we had meaningful talks in Seoul, and opened the Year of Reciprocal Exchanges marking the 30th anniversary of our diplomatic relations.
Today, it is my turn to greet you in the capital of the Russian Federation with our traditional hospitality. This is an honour and privilege for me. After the talks, we will attend a ceremony to close the cross year, a major interstate project.
Reinforcing ties with the Republic of Korea is one of the main priorities for the Russian Federation in the Asia-Pacific Region. We appreciate the reciprocal commitment by our Korean neighbours to develop close partnership ties with the Russian Federation.
We have a packed bilateral agenda, and will discuss all matters that deserve our attention, in keeping with the agreements between President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in.
We will exchange views on the key international issues, primarily the developments on the Korean Peninsula.
I am glad to see you.