September 7, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
Russia opposes the idea to cut off oil supplies to North Korea, South Korean Presidential Spokesman Yoon Young-chan has said that Russia opposes cutting oil supplies to North Korea.
The revelation was made following talks between Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in in the Far Eastern Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday.
“During the summit, Moon told Putin that tougher sanctions are required to make Pyongyang come forward for dialogue. He said an oil embargo on the North was inevitable this time, requesting Russia’s cooperation,” Yoon Young-chan said as cited by the Korea Times daily.
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The South Korean President said that Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping “are the only leaders who can stop North Korea’s provocations,” Yoon Young-chan added.
According to him, the Russian leader pointed out that “any pressure won’t make the North give up its nuclear program for its security.”
“He said Russia opposes Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons development, but worries the oil embargo may make the North Korean people suffer,” the South Korean presidential spokesman added.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.