Russia and South Korea signed a defence cooperation agreement that had been discussed so far to lay the institutional foundation for defence exchange and cooperation. The agreement was signed at a meeting between the Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin and the South Korean Vice Defence Minister Park Jae-min.
The agreement signed between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will boost defence cooperation and to expand regular consultative channels and senior-level personnel exchanges
South Korea called for active support and cooperation from Russia in the process of advancing the complete denuclearization and permanent peace settlement of the Korean Peninsula, said South Korea's Ministry of Defence on Monday.
On his visit to Seoul, Fomin discussed with his South Korean counterpart the regional security situation, especially in the Korean peninsula, and ways to promote defence exchange and cooperation between the two countries.
South Korea's press service reported that Vice Defence Minister Park Jae-min expressed concerns over the recent launch of a short-range missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and called for active support and cooperation from Russia in the process of advancing the complete denuclearization and permanent peace settlement of the Korean Peninsula.
"Deputy Defence Minister Fomin said Russia also supports our government's Korea peace process and stressed that they will continue diplomatic efforts to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula," the Korean Ministry of Defence said in its press release.
This comes days after North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles off North Korea's east coast into the Sea of Japan on 25 March 2021. The missiles landed outside Japan's territorial waters and exclusive economic zone and there have been no reports of harm caused to aircraft or ships, Japan said.
The Russia-Korea Defence Strategic Dialogue is a regular meeting at the level of vice-ministers. Russia and South Korea have engaged in military exchanges, port visits, and visits by high-ranking military officials. In March 2012, the first defence strategic dialogue was held between the two, and it has since become a regular feature in bilateral defence and political relations between the Ministries of defence of both countries. The meeting was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic.