(Xinhua) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit Russia next week to hold a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moon’s office said on Friday.
Moon will visit the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok from Wednesday to Thursday to attend the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) and meet with the Russian leader, according to the presidential Blue House.
On Wednesday, Moon will hold an expanded summit meeting with Putin and have a joint press conference. On Thursday, the South Korean president will deliver a keynote speech at the forum, which was established in 2015.
The EEF is a regional forum for cooperation between political and business leaders from Russia and Asia-Pacific countries. Moon’s spokesman Park Soo-hyun told a press briefing that Moon and Putin will discuss bilateral cooperation, including the development of Russia’s far eastern region, as well as cooperation to build peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Moon’s first visit to Russia would come after the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s launch on Tuesday of an intermediate-range ballistic missile, called Hwasong-12, which flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
The spokesman said Moon was scheduled to hold a summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the forum, but he added that detailed schedules were still under discussion.