15 December 2022
The Institute of Contemporary International Studies hosted a round table on the topic "Korean Peninsula and Russia's Interests". The event was organized by the Institute of Contemporary International Studies of the MFA of Russia and the Institute of China and Modern Asia of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The round table was attended by representatives of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and various think tanks, including: The FEFU Institute of Oriental Studies, the Institute of Contemporary International Studies of the MFA of Russia, IKAS RAS, Institute of Oriental Studies RAS, RISS and the Council for International Cooperation of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
During the discussion, it was specified that the international situation is going through its transformation, and the situation on the Korean Peninsula in particular remains tense. Historical experience proves that the development of the situation around the Korean Peninsula always reflects what is happening in the international political arena.
Russia, as before, stands for a comprehensive settlement in the region and the creation of a unified security system.
A significant part of the presentations was devoted to the analysis of security problems on the peninsula, as well as the prospects for the development of Russia's relations with the DPRK and the Republic of Korea in a changing international environment. It was noted that the Korean direction remains important in Russia's foreign policy. Recently, there have been signs of a revival in Russia's relations with the DPRK, which is beginning to gradually emerge from a voluntary blockade aimed at containing COVID-19. As far as the situation allows, Russian-South Korean relations are also preserved, however, due to the accession of the Republic of Korea to the sanctions policy of the West, their development is hindered by significant restrictions.
A number of presentations were devoted to the economic situation inside the DPRK and the Republic of Korea, as well as the prospects for the development of their trade and economic relations with Russia. As stated, in the event of a revival of economic relations with the DPRK, they could have an important potential.
As a result of the round table, it is planned to publish a digest of articles.