Russia's Deputy Negotiator to the Six-Party Talks Grigory Logvinov will visit the Republic of Korea on July 18-19. On July 19, he will pay a courtesy call on Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Cho Tae-yong and meet with Director-General for North Korean Nuclear Affairs Lee Do-hoon to discuss how the ROK and Russia can cooperate to make progress on North Korea’s denuclearization.
The ROK and Russia, as UN Security Council members, have closely coordinated to adopt UN Security Council resolutions 2087 and 2094 in response to North Korea’s long-range missile launch and third nuclear test. Based on the principle of zero tolerance for North Korea’s nuclear weapons, the two countries also worked together in adopting joint statements at the G8 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (April 11) and the G8 Summit (June 18) and a presidential statement at the ARF Foreign Minister’s Meeting (July 2), in order to continuously send a strong and united message to North Korea which calls on North Korea to make the right choice.
Ambassador Logvinov’s upcoming visit to the ROK is a follow-up to a telephone consultation between the ROK and Russian Foreign Ministers (March 22) and the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on the sidelines of the ARF in Brunei (July 1). The visit is expected to further enhance strategic communication and cooperation with Russia, in addition to the US and China, to realize North Korea’s denuclearization.
Ambassador Logvinov has served as the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Ambassador-at-Large for the North Korean nuclear issue and the country’s deputy negotiator to the Six-party Talks since 2008.