Embassy of Russia to the DPRK

Ambassador's Welcome Word

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Dear friends!

 

Welcome to the website of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Here we will acquaint you with the Russian diplomatic mission team, and how they accomplish various tasks aimed at further strengthening the relations of multi-faceted cooperation between Russia and the DPRK. Moscow and Pyongyang possess long-standing traditions of friendship founded by our predecessors. We strive for keeping old and time-checked groundwork by using rich experience of previous generations of Koreanology practicioners. At the same time, we try to find out new ways of interaction that would apply to modern-day requirements. In so doing we take for granted that high level of Russian-Korean relations, its liveliness and trustworthiness are required for the successful promotion of our political and economic interests in the regions of Korean peninsula and whole Northeast Asia.

We have to achieve our goals under complicated political and military conditions, under the unparalleledly harsh UNSC sanctions imposed on the DPRK. The Embassy of Russia conducts its daily routine, maintains contacts with organizations and individuals of the two countries who work on various cooperation projects in various fields, using the principles of complete and rigorous observance of these restrictions as a basis. At the same time we act on the premise that these UN restrictions should not worsen the living conditions of the DPRK population, and they should not apply to the bilateral cooperation in civil spheres.

Unfortunately not everything planned was implemented in the past year 2016, when two new UNSC resolutions were adopted.

These resolutions put the participants of economic relations in even more harsh conditions, and we together with our colleagues from the Russian part of the Russian-Korean bilateral commission simply didn’t have enough time to work out new, applicable algorithms of cooperation in practical fields. Our cooperation in banking and financial spheres was endangered the most. This turned out to be one of the main causes of the decrease in bilateral trade.

In comparison to the record-breaking year 2015, the Year of Friendship, the delegations exchange sagged as well. Some of the large-scale bilateral events were postponed. We had some achievements, though. We successfully held a 2nd National Russian Language Contest among the Russian language students of the DPRK, sent its winners to a trip around the Russian Far East. Russian art groups performed well at the 15th Pyongyang April art festival. Visitors of the Pyongyang international film festival welcomed Russian fiction and documentary movies, our renowned filmmakers. The organizers of the Pyongyang book exhibition made a special mention about the Russian exposition. Our leading universities represented the Russian Koreanology at the events on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Kim Il Sung University. There were even more large-scale events held with our support that we recall with pride and satisfaction.

The last days of year 2016 were marked with tragic events for our country, with one of them being directly connected to us. On December 19, the Ambassador of Russia to Turkey Andrey Karlov was assassinated. He was the head of our Embassy here in 2001-2006. He was our comrade, our close friend, an outstanding Koreologist who had founded many of the traditions that we comply to nowadays in our mission. He shared his rich experience, and we will recall him again and again in our work, solving problems that arise in front of us in 2017 and the years to come.

 

Ambassador of Russia Alexander Matsegora

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