OREANDA-NEWS The increased interaction between the Russian Federation and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the worsening of relations with South Korea are a natural consequence of Pyongyang's support for Russia on the international stage, while Seoul has imposed sanctions on our country. This was stated by Georgy Zinoviev, the Russian Ambassador to Seoul, in an interview with South Korean News1.

Zinoviev explained that after February 24, 2022, when South Korea imposed sanctions on Russia, they were further significantly tightened in 2023 and 2024. In contrast, the DPRK has fully supported Russia internationally.

Under these circumstances, it would be unusual for us to continue "business as usual" with both South Korea and the DPRK, Zinoviev pointed out. He noted that our relations with South Korea have indeed deteriorated, while our relations with the DPRK are developing positively.The Russian Ambassador to South Korea, Georgy Zinoviev, has repeatedly stated that Russia and South Korea still have the potential to quickly restore bilateral relations and that in the future, they will have a bright future.

He acknowledged that relations are currently undergoing a challenging period and their current state is far from ideal, but he emphasized that the deterioration of relations between Russia and South Korea has largely been due to external factors rather than internal problems, unlike what happened with the West.

According to Zinoviev, Moscow and Seoul could restore partnership relations if Seoul does not cross the "red line" by directly supplying weapons to Kiev. He also stressed that the more actions are taken that interfere with bilateral relations, like export restrictions from Seoul, the harder it will be to return to the path of normal development.Earlier, the possibility of restoring relations between Russia and South Korea was mentioned by the head of the National Security Department in the presidential administration, Chang Ho Jin, who was also the ex-ambassador of South Korea to Russia. According to him, Russia does not transfer key military technologies to North Korea, and in return, Seoul does not support Ukraine with lethal weapons, respecting the agreed "red line." The representative of the presidential administration also noted that Moscow and Seoul maintain necessary communication, and "if there are no significant new external factors," then after the end of the conflict in Ukraine, relations could be normalized and returned to their previous level.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated last year that it depended on official Seoul whether relations with South Korea could return to a constructive path, while Moscow was ready for this.