February 08, 2023

Why Russian lawmakers are working to build ties with North Korea

A meeting in Moscow this week shed some light on how parliamentarians hope to work with Pyongyang

On February 11, North Korea's ambassador to the Russian Federation Kim Hyun Joong held a meeting in Moscow with senior Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev. Also present at the talks was Oleg Melnichenko, a member of the Russian parliament's upper house and chairperson of a parliamentary group that fosters cooperation with the North Korean Supreme People's Assembly.

The meeting between North Korea's top diplomat in Moscow and Russian lawmakers largely focused on one of the topics common to Moscow-Pyongyang interactions, namely economic collaboration.