Russia and North Korea meeting

Russia Lends A Hand to Disarm North Korea

Russia have recently accepted an invitation to visit North Korea.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t be in attendance. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will be the one to go.

The European nation also supports the contact made by the US and North Korea.

The Russian minister discussed matters involving North Korea’s nuclear programs with his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho, during their meeting in Moscow.

Lavrov’s Pyongyang visit shows North Korea’s willingness to negotiate with the world’s superpowers.

Lavrov stated, after his meeting with Yong-ho, that ‘We are very happy about the invitation which we have received to visit Pyongyang’. Although a date is yet to be set for the visit.

But there was no word on when or if Putin would be open to a future summit with the rouge nation.

Moscow also wants to develop stronger relations with North Korea.

However, backing America’s agenda on disarming the nation’s nukes could make any attempts at a friendship quite difficult.

Lavrov said that Moscow wishes to lend a hand with trilateral projects alongside the Korean nations.

In the past, diplomatic talks with North Korea were often rare, however in more recent times matters are different…as Kim’s recent visit to China and the upcoming summit with the US proves.

Peace with neighbours

North Korea opening to diplomatic meetings gives hope that they will attempt to play nice with their neighbours. But their definitive intentions are hard to pinpoint.

Despite knowing there will be a meeting with Russia, not many details are known. Further extensions of the meeting will continue into the next day.

Russia and North Korea have always had a stable relationship. The Soviet Union once supported the Korean People’s Army during the Korean War and acted as a sister state once it was established.

However, once the Soviet Union fell, the North Korean economy was hugely decimated.

Support between the two communist nations begun to deteriorate and ever since, their once stable alliance grew thin.

Russia may believe that North Korea’s more peaceful approach to recent tensions could favour both nations.

If there were to be a break out of war, North Korea would suffer either way. And Russia will be forced to take in refugees, while suffering trade problems with their neighbours.

Nathan Frank

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