Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and U.N. special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura in Moscow, Russia December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
MOSCOW - 9 January 2018: Russia welcomes dialogue between North and South Korea, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.
"Of course, we welcome the direct contact between representatives of the two Koreas. We believe that only through such dialogue it is possible to achieve an ease of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. This is the dialogue that the leadership of the Russian Federation has consistently spoken about," Peskov said in a statement.
He added the Russian leader repeatedly spoke in favor of creating the necessary conditions for the resumption of the dialogue "and also the need to refrain from any actions, steps or statements that could prevent this."
The South Korean Ministry of Unification announced earlier in the day that North and South Korea kicked off their first formal talks in more than two years at the truce village of Panmunjom which is located in the heavily-fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).