While visiting North Korea, the Russian overseas minister has accused Washington of a destabilizing navy build-up
Washington’s “instinct for hegemonism” and its rising navy presence in Asia are contributing to continued tensions within the area, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stated throughout a visit to North Korea.
The high Russian diplomat traveled to Pyongyang to fulfill senior officers, together with North Korean chief Kim Jong-un and Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui. The two-day journey was meant to mark the seventy fifth anniversary of the institution of diplomatic relations between the 2 nations.
Speaking at a press convention to wrap up his go to, Lavrov stated Moscow and Pyongyang shared concern “over the increase in military activity by the US, Japan, and South Korea, as well as Washington’s effort to move elements of its strategic infrastructure, including nuclear aspects of it” into Asia.
Last month, Kim made a state go to to Russia. At Thursday’s presser, a journalist claimed that Western response to his assembly with President Vladimir Putin had indicated concern of the “friendships” binding the 2 international locations.
Lavrov declined to touch upon this suggestion, however harassed that Western nations and the US particularly imagine that they’ve a proper to dictate, “who should meet whom, who should make agreements on what and with whom, and who should observe prohibitions.”
“There is this instinct for hegemonism, which prevents [the US] from solving issues and only drives things into a dead end,” the minister added.
As a part of his itinerary, Lavrov commemorated Soviet troopers who have been buried in Pyongyang after sacrificing their lives within the liberation of the Korean Peninsula from Imperial Japan throughout World War II.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commemorates late Ambassador Andrey Karlov on the embassy in Pyongyang
Russian Foreign Ministry
He additionally laid flowers at a memorial plaque on the Russian embassy, marking the service there of late Ambassador Andrey Karlov. The diplomat headed the mission for 5 years within the 2000s. He was later named Russia’s envoy to Türkiye, the place he was killed by a gunman in 2016 throughout an embassy occasion.