Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (AFP/VNA)
"We are very happy about the invitation which we have received to visit Pyongyang," Mr. Lavrov said on April 9th after a meeting with DPRK’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in Moscow.
Mr. Ri said from Moscow he hoped the two countries would reach “a new milestone” in their relations this year.
The long-time Russian Foreign Minister has previously visited Pyongyang, including in 2009 during an earlier round of negotiations on DPRK disarmament.
The invitation to the Russian Foreign Minister comes amid a diplomatic outreach by Pyongyang ahead of a series of historic summits on the Korean Peninsula.
President Kim Jong-un is scheduled to meet with the Republic of Korea (RoK)'s President Moon Jae-in on April 27th, the first meeting between the leaders in a decade.
Mr. Lavrov said that Russia welcomes President Kim's plan to meet with the RoK President and US President Trump as a step toward resolving the tensions around DPRK's nuclear program.
Earlier, Mr Trump said he would meet the DPRK’s leader in May or early June where he hopes to reach an agreement on denuclearization with the Pyongyang regime./.