SEOUL– South Korea’s next ambassador to Russia Woo Yoon-keun is a seasoned politician well versed and experienced in bilateral relations between the two countries.

President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday picked the National Assembly secretary-general as the top envoy to Moscow one day before his trip to Vladivostok for a summit with President Vladimir Putin.

Woo, 60, is one of Moon’s closest associates and served three consecutive terms as a lawmaker from 2004 to 2016 before assuming his current post last year.

He also served as the floor leader of the predecessor of the ruling Democratic Party between 2014 and 2015. He led Moon’s campaign in the party primary in 2012.

He previously was a practicing lawyer and law professor. In the late 1990s he served as a legal adviser to the Korean Embassy in Russia.

“The designate is expected to contribute to mutual prosperity between South Korea and Russia by actively pushing for economic cooperation in energy, natural resources and other fields based on his own peculiar sociability and negotiation capabilities,” Park Soo-hyun, presidential spokesman, said.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in law from Chonnam National University and a Ph.D. in law from the same university. He also earned a master’s degree in political science from Saint-Petersburg State University in Russia.

With his wife, he has one son and one daughter. He is known as an avid mountain climber.



Source: Yonhap News Agency