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Russian delegation heading to North Korea

It will happen until 21 March

Photo: Yonhap

/NOVOSTIVL/ A group of Russian senators is visiting North Korea, the latest in a series of talks between the two countries following the collapse of the U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Sergei Kislyak, the first deputy chairman of the Russian Federation Council's Committee for Foreign Affairs and one of the Russian delegates, said the visit from March 16 to 21 will be "an absolutely natural, normal practice" to continue dialogue between the two countries.

"The goal of the visit (to North Korea) is to continue the dialogue with a country that is friendly to us and that is solving most difficult problems in the foreign and domestic policies," Kislyak told Russian news agency TASS after arriving at Pyongyang Sunan International Airport, March 16. "We have things to discuss, we wish to better understand the aspirations of our North Korean neighbors, and I think that this dialogue is an absolutely natural, normal practice that we will continue in our relations."

Oleg Melnichenko, who heads the Russian delegation, said, "We have a heavy substantial program that includes not just the cultural part," in his reference to a number of scheduled business meetings.

In separate diplomatic efforts, three North Korean officials visited Moscow separately earlier this month and met their Russian counterparts.