Ambassador's Welcome Word

 

Dear friends,
Welcome to the official website of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The DPRK is a good long-standing partner of ours. The glorious traditions of friendship and cooperation established during the war years have provided a reliable basis for strengthening and developing relations between Moscow and Pyongyang. It is in our best interest to ensure that the Korean peninsula bordering our Far East is a peninsular of good neighborliness and mutually beneficial cooperation.
The year 2020 challenged us in every respect. The coronavirus pandemic and the measures adopted by the local authorities to prevent the virus from crossing the borders have changed the flow of our work at the Embassy. Nevertheless, our staff have kept fulfilling their functions through all the twists and turns.
While face-to-face meetings with our Korean counterparts are rare and bilateral contacts are carried out mainly through correspondence and telephone calls, our diplomats have concentrated on information and analytical research. Having selected and catalogued thousands of documents, newspapers and other printed materials, we have sorted out the Embassy archive. On the 12th of October on the 72d anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the USSR and the DPRK the museum of the Embassy welcomed its first visitors, who will find a collection of valuable artefacts and photographs illustrating the life of the diplomatic mission since its founding day.
There is a saying in Korean: to turn a misfortune into a blessing. We have also strived to use the time of the diplomatic “stiff breeze” effectively. Major repairs of the Embassy main building are under way; two memorial plaques have been installed – one commemorating the Embassy architects and the other honoring the memory of our distinguished predecessors. The renovated concert hall in the Consular section is already hosting various festive events. We have also successfully mitigated the effects of the natural disasters after two typhoons took their toll on Pyongyang in August and September.
The Russian Embassy has managed to execute a number of important memorial projects. The Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un and three living veterans of the 88th Independent Brigade of the Soviet Army’s Far Eastern Front have received jubilee medals “75 anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945”. On the 15th of August marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Korea a solemn unveiling ceremony of the Memorial Arch took place at the Pyongyang Soviet cemetery, the lighting system of the Liberation Monument at the Morangbong Hill has also been renovated. On that occasion which was so important for our bilateral relations a wreath was laid to the Monument on behalf of the leader of the DPRK.
In the year to come we will continue to monitor the developments on the Korean peninsula, carry out the tasks set out by our superiors and consistently implement scheduled projects. Subscribe to our pages on Facebook, VKontake and Twitter where we not only introduce our work but also share curious tidbits about North Korea and its fascinating people.
Welcome to all!

Alexander Matsegora