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On August 29, 2018, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a roundtable discussion regarding the situation on the Korean peninsula and Russian-Korean relations. Suh Choo Suk, Vice Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Korea, delivered a speech that was followed by an expert discussion on the regional security and prospects for the two state’s cooperation.

On August 29, 2018, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a roundtable discussion regarding the situation on the Korean peninsula and Russian-Korean relations. Suh Choo Suk, Vice Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Korea, delivered a speech that was followed by an expert discussion on the regional security and prospects for the two state’s cooperation.

Welcoming remarks were delivered by RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov. Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, RIAC Vice President Gleb Ivashentsov, Head of Asian and African Studies Department at MGIMO University Dmitry Streltsov, Advisor to the CSR Chairman Anton Tsvetov along with representatives from RIAC, Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea’s Embassy to Russia took part in the discussion.

Mr. Suh drew the audience’s attention to the prominent political dialogue and intensified trade and economic cooperation between Russia and the Republic of Korea, as well as the unprecedented development of the humanitarian ties through the introduction of visa-free regime between the countries. Russian and Korean experts highly valued the development of inter-Korean dialogue and discussed the present situation on the peninsula, stakeholders’ stances and long-term perspectives of stabilization and denuclearization of the region.

The participants agreed that to decrease inter-Korean tensions we need a multi-party platform that would include Russia.

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Poll conducted

  1. Korean Peninsula Crisis Has no Military Solution. How Can It Be Solved?
    Demilitarization of the region based on Russia-China "Dual Freeze" proposal  
     36 (35%)
    Restoring multilateral negotiation process without any preliminary conditions  
     27 (26%)
    While the situation benefits Kim Jong-un's and Trump's domestic agenda, there will be no solution  
     22 (21%)
    Armed conflict still cannot be avoided  
     12 (12%)
    Stonger deterrence on behalf of the U.S. through modernization of military infrastructure in the region  
     4 (4%)
    Toughening economic sanctions against North Korea  
     2 (2%)
 
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