18 Apr 2018 14:02

Russia satisfied with developments on Korean Peninsula, relief of tensions there - Russian ambassador to N. Korea

MOSCOW. April 18 (Interfax) - Moscow is satisfied with the development of events on the Korean Peninsula, Russian Ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora said.

During an interview, he was asked whether he can share any secrets about the upcoming inter-Korean summit.

"Honestly speaking, we don't know any major secrets because all issues relating to the preparations for the inter-Korean summit are resolved at the level of the South and North. They meet between themselves and discuss issues," Matsegora said in an interview with Primorye Public Television.

"I can say one thing: that we in Russia are very satisfied with the way the events are developing on the Korean Peninsula, tensions are decreasing, and that means that there is less tension near our borders as well - one can only say positive things about that," he said.

Russia is analyzing the situation and is waiting for the inter-Korean summit to begin on April 27, Matsegora said.

"We really hope that the Koreans can reach agreements on humanitarian issues as well, specifically, on meetings of divided relatives [...] maybe they will begin discussing issues relating to economic cooperation, it's inevitable because the humanitarian component needs to be supported by some economics," he said.

"It's very difficult, bearing in mind the sanctions [...] But they can still find some options," Matsegora said, adding that South Korea has adopted its own sanctions against North Korea.