Ambassador's Welcome Word

 

Dear friends,
I welcome you on the official website of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, extend my congratulations on a New 2020 Year, wish you, your family and friends health, happiness and success in all good deeds.
Summing up the results of the Embassy work in the past year, we are pleased to note that we have managed to set a good pace of developing the Russian-Korean relations, which has been largely facilitated by a successful historic summit of the two leaders in Vladivostok. This year, the Embassy is committed to be active not only in sustaining the momentum but in taking our cooperation to a qualitatively new level.
As for the plan of events and delegation exchange at multiple levels, we are working on it with due regard to a range of remarkable dates in the history of Russia and the DPRK as well as in the chronicle of bilateral relations that the year 2020 will witness. 
On February 8th, we will mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the bilateral Treaty of Friendship, Good-Neighbourliness and Cooperation, on April 25th – the 1st anniversary of the visit of Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK Kim Jong Un to Russia. On May 9th together with all the Russians we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War, on July 19th we will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the visit of Vladimir V. Putin to Pyongyang, on August 15th we will hold a number of events to mark the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Korea.
Within the scope of the abovementioned events, we are planning to organize friendly visits of representatives of parliaments and regions, foreign affairs and other governmental bodies, youth and veterans’ public associations; to hold protocol events, sport holidays, tours of  artistic performance groups, film festivals, photo exhibitions, and another Republic-wide Russian language contest. 
We will spare no effort to assist the business representatives of our countries in searching for ways to develop commercial and economic cooperation that, unfortunately, is still severely restricted by the UN Security Council sanctions.
We will be ready to provide aid to Russian citizens any time if they find themselves in a difficult situation here, although such cases are extremely rare in the DPRK – the Koreans always cherish warm and kindly feelings for the Russians while the internal environment in the Republic is peaceful and secure. So far, unlike guests from China and other countries, our tourists here are few – last year there were no more than 600 people – but this flow is steadily increasing, and I believe that soon I will hear the Russian speech more often in the unique in its beauty Kumgang and Myohyang mountains, the Wonsan-Kalma beach resort, and Masikryong ski slopes. 
I hope all that will not be hindered by the risk of aggravating military and political situation on the Korean peninsula, which, one must admit, has grown higher after the DPRK-US negotiations reached a deadlock. In any case, the Russian diplomacy and we as its constituent will persistently advance joint Russian-Chinese initiatives aimed at preventing a negative scenario.
Let’s be optimistic!
P.S. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that our Embassy not only runs the official website, but also actively uses Facebook, VKontakte and Twitter. Through these social networks, we regularly share protocol news with our subscribers, take a delight in telling them about the life in this amazing country. Drop in on us more often and you will always find quite a lot of useful and fascinating information.
Alexander Matsegora