S. Korea, Russia ‘Defense Strategic Dialogue’ Held

South Kore­an and Russ­ian nation­al defense min­istries held first defense strate­gic dia­log in Rus­sia on March 15 to form a mil­i­tary con­sen­sus to enhance mil­i­tary Coop­er­a­tion between the two coun­tries.

In this con­nec­tion, the Kore­an Nation­al Defense Min­istry announced on March 12 that “We and Rus­sia agreed to begin the high-lev­el chan­nels of offi­cial dia­log in 2007, which was decid­ed at the work­ing-lev­el meet­ing between the two min­istries, and, in 2009, dou­ble-checked at the two coun­tries’ defense min­is­ters’ talks. This was, in actu­al­i­ty, their first time to hold an actu­al defense strate­gic talk.

Im Kwan-bin, head of Korea’s Defense Poli­cies Depart­ment and his coun­ter­part, Ana­toli Antonov, deputy head of the Russ­ian Inter­na­tion­al Coop­er­a­tion Depart­ment, dis­cussed a plan on March 15 to improve the two defense min­istries’ mil­i­tary coop­er­a­tion.

The two camps inter­changed opin­ions about var­i­ous pend­ing issues, mutu­al con­cerns for nation­al secu­ri­ty and for inter­na­tion­al peace on the one hand, and, on the oth­er, dis­cussed a plan to hold the S. Korea-Rus­sia dia­log on a reg­u­lar basis.

“We’d expect Rus­sia to play a con­struc­tive role in fur­ther con­sol­i­dat­ing peace and secu­ri­ty on the Kore­an Penin­su­lar,” said a Defense Min­istry offi­cial, “and take this dia­log as a good oppor­tu­ni­ty to fur­ther esca­late the mil­i­tary coop­er­a­tion between the two coun­tries.” Mean­while, dur­ing his stay in Rus­sia, Mr. Im vis­it­ed Russ­ian Acad­e­my of Mil­i­tary Sci­ences for March 14–16.

Min­istry of Nation­al Defense[MND], Repub­lic of Korea