17 Mar 2018 21:09

Russia staunch opponent of resumption of Korean hostilities - Lavrov

MOSCOW. March 17 (Interfax) - Russia is absolutely opposed to a resumption of hostilities on the Korean peninsula, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

"We border North Korea. A whole host of our populated areas and industrial sites are very close by. If something happens and hostilities begin, we will be absolutely not okay with this," Lavrov said in an interview with Vietnamese and Japanese media outlets.

Russia and China "have consistently proposed for several years now that the focus should be on the political process, on settlement," he said.

"We regularly discuss this approach with all of the countries, including Japan, which were and, I hope, will be involved in the so-called six-party talks. We regularly host consultations among diplomats responsible for this area of work," Lavrov said.

"I hope the party of peace in the Korean [crisis] settlement will prevail in all capitals," Lavrov said.