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Moscow, Pyongyang to sign ‘very good package’ of agreements: Russian envoy

Moscow, Feb 7 (EFE).- Russia and North Korea are preparing a “very good” package of bilateral agreements to be signed during President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit to Pyongyang, Russian ambassador to North Korea, Alexander Matsegora, told state media.

“There has been no discussion yet about the timing of the visit, which has already been agreed upon in principle,” the envoy told TASS news agency in an interview published on Wednesday.

“Its preparation is now limited only to work on joint documents that are planned to be signed during the visit. I think this will be a very good package,” he said.

One of the contents of the package is the Agreement on Mutual Travel of Citizens, aimed at facilitating “the most comfortable conditions” for Russian tourists visiting North Korea, Matsegora said without revealing further details.

The diplomat stressed that the current level of mutual understanding between Russia and North Korea was “unprecedented.”

“On the basis of common approaches on all main international issues, very close mutually beneficial cooperation was established over the past several years,” the envoy added.

He said bilateral relations between the two countries had significantly “strengthened” in recent years and there was much more to be done in 2024.

“I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I think that this year will be a breakthrough in Russian-Korean relations in many respects,” he added.

Matsegora underlined that the cooperation between Russia and North Korea aimed to serve “mutual interests” and was not directed against any third countries.

“Russian-Korean cooperation (…) corresponds to the interests of our two countries and peoples, is not directed against any countries and serves to strengthen peace and security not only regionally but also on a greater scale,” he said.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) reported that in 2023, Pyongyang exported over one million artillery projectiles to Russia for its war in Ukraine. EFE

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