SEOUL (Sputnik) – South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin said during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the East Asia Summit (EAS) in Phnom Penh that Seoul hopes for a normalization of relations with Russia and peace in Ukraine. The Foreign Ministry confirmed to Sputnik.
Park Jin and Lavrov had brief talks at the EAS meeting in the Cambodian capital on Friday August 6, discussing the Ukrainian crisis as well as the situation on the Korean peninsula, a representative of the southern ministry told Sputnik. -Korean Foreign Affairs.
“I hope for a rapid normalization of relations between South Korea and the Russian Federation and the restoration of peace in Ukraine,” said Park Jin, quoted by the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He admitted that the Ukraine crisis had a negative impact on Russia-South Korea relations and expressed concern about disruptions in global supply chains and market fluctuations.
According to South Korean media, Russia expressed displeasure that South Korea had joined in the sanctions against Russia, but assured Seoul that if there were any specific difficulties reported by South Korean companies Koreans while working in Russia, then Moscow would “make this decision”. seriously.”
Lavrov also reportedly told Park Jin that the Russian side is monitoring the situation in North Korea and sent a “message” that could help improve the situation.
The 55th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference, the 23rd ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the The 12th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the 29th ASEAN Regional Forum and other related meetings are taking place in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh between July 31 and August 6.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters earlier this week that he had no interaction with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during ASEAN meetings in Cambodia on Thursday.