On April 26, at 12:00, the Valdai Club hosted 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 was 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.
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 were 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).