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President Park meets with Vladimir Putin

President Park Geun-hye and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a summit meeting on September 6 to discuss various topics of mutual interest such as ways to bolster bilateral economic cooperation as well as cooperation in the Far East region.

“Enhanced cooperation in Eurasian countries has been an important priority to Korea’s government projects,” said Park during the afternoon meeting held at the International Media Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. “I, personally, have dreamed of a future in which we take a rail journey from Busan to Europe via Russia.”

President Park Geun-hye and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a summit meeting on September 6 (photo courtesy of Cheong Wa Dae).

President Park Geun-hye and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a summit meeting on September 6 (photo courtesy of Cheong Wa Dae).


Park added that this October Seoul will host an international conference on Eurasian cooperation and expressed her expectation for Russia’s participation. “I have heard that President Putin also has been paying attention to economic cooperation between Europe and Asia as well as development of Far East regions,” continued Park. “It will enhance the Korea-Russia partnership and, furthermore, bring prosperity and peace to the Northeast region.”

President Putin revealed his gratitude for Korea’s active role in the ongoing G20 summit meeting. “Korea is one of our priority partners in Asia,” said Putin. “The total trade turnover between Russia and Korea amounts to USD 25 billion and it has gone up three percent more in the first half of this year. I am very happy to have a bilateral talk on these various topics.”

Park mentioned that the two nations’ relationship has progressed significantly since 1990 when diplomatic ties were established, saying that “the trade volume has been expanded 100 to 110 times more.”

“Yet, Russia and Korea have a lot to develop,” pointed out Park. “We have been influenced by North Korea’s nuclear armament and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. We should join together to overcome the problems and raise the bilateral relationship to a higher level.”

Two sides discussed various topics of mutual interest such as ways to bolster bilateral economic cooperation as well as cooperation in the Far East region during the meeting (photo courtesy of Cheong Wa Dae).

The two sides discussed various topics of mutual interest such as ways to bolster bilateral economic cooperation as well as cooperation in the Far East region during the meeting (photo courtesy of Cheong Wa Dae).


By Wi Tack-whan, Lee Seung-ah
Korea.net Staff Writers
whan23@korea.kr

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