S. Korean Envoy Carries Message for Moscow

Vladimir Putin (L) and Song Young-gilVladimir Putin (L) and Song Young-gil

South Korea’s special envoy, Song Young-gil, departed for Moscow on Monday to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to convey a personal message of South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The message discusses a range of bilateral issues, including natural gas supplies. Besides, the South Korean side hopes to discuss North Korea’s nuclear issue, Russian news agency TASS reported.

Song, the former mayor of Incheon, in northwestern South Korea, is a lawmaker of the Democratic Party, who has good ties with Moscow, according to the report.

He had initiated the handover to Russia of a flag from the Varyag cruiser, which sank in 1904 during the battle against the Japanese fleet. Although the flag remained in the museum of Incheon, the move came under the media spotlight and contributed to rapprochement between the two countries.

In 2010, Song was awarded Russia’s Order of Friendship.

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, who assumed office on May 10, has announced plans to send his special envoys to Russia, the United States, China and Japan to coordinate bilateral cooperation.


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