Lugansk and North Korean ambassadors to Russia meet to discuss trade agreement

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The ambassador of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) in Moscow, Rodion Miroshnik, has held on Wednesday a meeting with the North Korean ambassador to Russia, Sin Hong Chul, during which they discussed the possibilities of commercial and economic cooperation.

This was announced by Miroshnik himself on his Telegram channel, where he detailed that the two ambassadors discussed the possibility of developing “mutually beneficial” trade and economic cooperation, as well as Pyongyang’s participation in the reconstruction of Lugansk.

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“During the talks, the ambassadors of the two states have discussed the possibilities of establishing mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation, developing tourism and the possibility of North Korea’s participation in the reconstruction of the Lugansk cities destroyed during the Ukrainian aggression,” Miroshnik has detailed.

The sides have reached an agreement to carry out a detailed study of “promising areas of cooperation” between the parties, which would then be enshrined in a relevant Memorandum between the self-proclaimed Lugansk republic and North Korea.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced last July the severance of diplomatic relations with North Korea after the Asian nation recognized the independence of Donetsk and Lugansk, located in the Ukrainian Donbas and akin to Russia.

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The Ukrainian diplomatic portfolio considered Pyongyang’s move as an attempt to undermine Ukraine’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as a violation of the UN Charter and the fundamental norms and principles of international law.

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