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S. Korea, Russia FMs hold meeting on bilateral issues, Korean Peninsula affairs Updated: 2021-10-27 17:07:02 KST

The top diplomats of South Korea and Russia are meeting in Moscow right now for talks on bilateral issues and Korean Peninsula affairs.
For more, we have our foreign affairs correspondent Yoon Jung-min on the line.
Jung-min, what are you hearing?

Right, Conn-young.
It seems South Korea's foreign minister Chung Eui-yong has just wrapped up a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.
It's their second meeting in seven months this year.
We are still waiting for the outcome of the meeting, but they have reportedly discussed ways to restart the Korean peace process.
Chung is likely to have brought up the Korean government's proposal of declaring a formal end to the Korean War and to have asked for Russia's support.
Moscow is not directly related to President Moon's three-way or four-way end-of-war declaration proposal, which involves the two Koreas, the U.S. and China but the Korean government looks forward to Russia playing a role when it comes to the Korean Peninsula affairs.
Russia maintains close ties with North Korea, and it's a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
South Korea has been working with the U.S. and the international community, including the United Nations, to provide the North with humanitarian aid and resume talks with the regime.
Aside from the North Korea issues, the foreign ministers would have also discussed regional and global issues.

We hear Seoul and Moscow ties are as close as they've ever been as they celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations.

Sources say Chung and Lavrov also discussed bolstering bilateral ties, particularly now at the thirty-year mark.
And they will attend a closing ceremony commemorating the 'year of mutual exchanges', which will feature a variety of cultural performances and events.
The opening ceremony was held in Seoul in March with Lavrov visiting Seoul.
Seoul and Moscow were going to hold the events last year for the 30th year of their friendship, but they were extended into 2021 because of the pandemic.
Officials at South Korea's foreign ministry say it's the first time in 14 years that both ministers have visited each other's country in the same year, a sign of the two countries' friendly cooperation.

I'll bring more updates in our later newscasts.
Back to you, Conn-young.
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