Anthony V. Rinna is an analyst on Russian foreign policy in East Asia for the Sino-NK research group. He currently resides in South Korea.
The vice foreign minister's recent DPRK visit highlights Moscow's slow and steady approach
Moscow fears that raising DPRK human rights issues could bring political instability to its doorstep
The incident has irritated Russian officials and reminded many of the DPRK's unpredictability
Despite taking steps with sanctions, Moscow seen as hurdle to U.S. interests on the Korean peninsula
Strengthening ties with DPRK likely part of wider security effort in Russia's Asia-Pacific periphery
Ulaanbaatar is increasingly positioning itself as a mediating force
Cooperation with Moscow could drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington
The Vladivostok meeting likely widened the gap between Moscow and Washington on DPRK issues
Talk of a pending summit must be read in the context of a two-decade long effort to rebuild ties
A visit to the DPRK by a group of senior lawmakers hints at greater cooperation in the coming months
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