We have supplies of 40,000 tonnes of oil and oil products to North Korea a quarter, Putin said during a briefing after a BRICs summit in China.
Following Pyongyang’s test on Sunday, Abe spoke to Putin over the phone, and reminded him of the important role Russian Federation can play as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in reigning in North Korea.
Speaking at a news conference during a summit in China on Tuesday, Putin dismissed as “naive” a question about whether he was disappointed in Trump.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Moscow and Seoul have agreed to develop projects involving North Korea.
“We too, are against North Korea developing its nuclear capabilities and condemn it, but it is worrying cutting the oil pipeline will harm the regular people, like in hospitals”, Putin said, according to the South Korean presidential official. “One should not succumb to emotions and drive North Korea into a corner”. Putin’s claim is that the small amount of Russia’s petroleum supplies to the North and hiring of North Korean workers renders any halt to them meaningless as sanctions.
Putin reiterated that the crisis around North Korea should be resolved only by political means, and that it posed a threat to peace and stability in the region. The war of wills between the two leaders was also evident in the details of their conversation as relayed by Blue House Senior Secretary to the President for Public Relations Yoon Young-chan.
“(I) hope to search for measures to fundamentally solve the North Korean nuclear issue and to prompt North Korea to stop provocations together (with Russia)”.
Instead, Russia, along with China, has advocated a “freeze for freeze” plan, under which the United States and South Korea would stop major military exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programs.
A missile is launched during a long and medium-range ballistic rocket launch drill in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 30, 2017.
China, just like Russia, believes the path of the sanctions pressure against North Korea has come to an end, Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov told TASS on the sidelines on the third Eastern Economic Forum on Thursday.
Still, the two leaders made significant progress when it came to economic issues.
The “boorish” treatment Putin referred to was the USA officials’ decision to vacate Russian diplomatic premises in several American cities. A senior official in the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs read the remarks as Russian Federation – which is extremely wary of the US’s hardline stance potentially escalating into military action – sending a message to Seoul and Washington that they need to make a realistic choice. “With regard to crude oil, President Moon believes anyway that it would have a significant effect as sanctions to block illicit trade across national borders, as opposed to normal transactions between countries”, a Blue House source said. The remarks from Putin on September 6 showed the intensifying opposition over the North Korean nuclear issue between South Korea, the USA, and Japan on one side and China and Russian Federation on the other. “And as we’ve said, all options are on the table”, Sanders stressed. Novak also said that Moscow has not discussed the possibility of curbs on energy supplies to Pyongyang with its global partners.