SEOUL, National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong held phone talks on Monday with Russia's Nikolai Patrushev about the outcome of his recent trip to North Korea over next week's inter-Korean summit.
During the 35-minute talks, Chung exchanged views with Patrushev, secretary of the Security Council of Russia, over issues ranging from the situation on the Korean Peninsula to bilateral ties between South Korea and Russia, according to the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.
Leading a group of presidential special envoys, Chung visited Pyongyang on Wednesday to fine-tune details of the forthcoming third summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and discuss stalled denuclearization talks.
The two Koreas will hold a summit of their leaders from Sept. 18-20 in Pyongyang, following their meetings in April and May.
Patrushev was quoted by Cheong Wa Dae as saying that Russia will closely cooperate with South Korea and related countries in line with its stance that North Korea's nuclear issue should be resolved through political and diplomatic means.
Chung also assessed Seoul-Moscow ties as developing solidly, citing Moon's state visit to Russia in June and Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon's trip to Vladivostok for this week's economic forum.
Source: Yonhap News Agency