Expert Discussion on the Results of the Vladimir Putin – Kim Jong-un Summit
Valdai Discussion Club Conference Hall, Bolshaya Tatarskaya 42, Moscow, Russia
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On April 26, at 12:00, the Valdai Club conference hall will host an expert discussion on the results of the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the DPRK leader Kim Jong-un.

On April 25, the long-awaited summit of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un is to be held in Vladivostok. The North Korean leader has had several meetings with the leaders of the United States and China, but the only Russian top official he has met so far is Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. His most recent summit meeting with US President Donald Trump did not yield tangible results. The US-North Korean relations must have entered a period of stagnation. Pyongyang’s relations with China and South Korea are not in their best shape either.

Today Pyongyang needs Moscow’s support no only to advance lifting sanctions against the North Korean regime, but also to expand economic ties. The meeting has a special significance for the Russian side, which will have an opportunity not only to establish direct contacts with the North Korean leadership, but also to take the talks on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula to a new level.

Can Russia help North Korea alleviate the international sanctions? What can be Russia’s contribution to the process of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula? What are the prospects of cooperation between Russian and North Korea? What can be seen as the main achievement of the Russia – North Korea summit? These and other issues will be addressed by the discussion participants.


  • Gleb Ivashentsov, diplomat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to the Republic of Korea (2005–2009);

  • Alexey Maslov, Head of the HSE School of Oriental Studies;

  • Artyom Lukin, Deputy Director for Research, School of Regional and International Studies, Far Eastern Federal University (via video link from Vladivostok).


  • Andrei Sushentsov, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club.

Working languages: Russian, English

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