SEOUL, South Korea and Russia will have high-level consultations on regional peace in Moscow next week, Seoul's foreign ministry said Thursday amid talk of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's possible visit there.

South Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Titov, plan to hold the 7th "strategic dialogue" between the two sides on Monday.

High on the agenda are security conditions on the Korean Peninsula and in other regions, as well as how to cooperate on the global stage, according to the ministry.

It pointed out that the upcoming discussions will be based on the "friendliness and trust" built between President Moon Jae-in and Russian President Vladimir Putin in four rounds of summit talks.

Russia has also showed signs of wanting closer ties with North Korea.

The Kremlin said the North's leader will visit Russia and that related consultations are under way. It has not announced a specific schedule, however.

Kim Chang-son, Kim's de facto chief of staff, is known to have visited Moscow and Vladivostok in late March for possible preparations for the North Korean leader's trip. Russia's Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev traveled to Pyongyang earlier this month.

Source: Yonhap news Agency