Members of the State Duma visited the DPRK

The parliamentary delegation consisted of representatives of four parliamentary parties: the CPRF faction was represented by Kazbek Taisaev, who heads the parliamentary group on relations with the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly; Andrei Kuzmin from Liberal Democratic Party faction, Fedot Tumusov from Just Russia faction. The delegation was led by Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, the head of the United Russia faction Sergei Neverov

“All meetings were held at the highest and confiding level. Of course, one of the topics that were discussed was security: we are in favor of continuing the dialogue between the North and the South of the Korean Peninsula, as well as supporting Pyongyang’s steps aimed at fulfilling the requirements of the UN Security Council,” said Sergei Neverov Neverov Sergei Ivanoviсh Neverov
Sergei Ivanoviсh

According to him, at the meetings of the Russian parliamentary delegation with representatives of the DPRK top leadership that took place in Pyongyang the question of easing the sanctions was raised.

“Last year, at the third plenum of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea the DPRK decided to close the missile landfill and cease nuclear testing. All this suggests that the actions taken by the DPRK leadership today allow for a dialogue on the easing of sanctions, at least in the humanitarian sphere: the supply of medicines, food, and agricultural products. The dialogue on sanctions against the DPRK should be conducted within the framework of the UN Security Council,” said Sergei Neverov.

The Russian delegation also met with Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic Choe Ryong Hae and Deputy Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, head of the international department of the party Ri Su Yong.

During the visit, the issue of supplying of modern Russian aircraft for international passenger traffic to the DPRK was discussed.

Sergei Neverov said that the proposals and suggestions regarding economic cooperation will be promptly communicated to the Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev.

In Pyongyang, the parliamentarians conveyed an invitation of Chairman of the State Duma Viacheslav Volodin Volodin Viaсheslav Viktoroviсh Volodin
Viaсheslav Viktoroviсh
The Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the seventh convocation. He was elected as part of the federal list of candidates proposed by the All-Russian political party “United Russia”
to Chairman of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly Pak Thae-song to visit Moscow from July 1–2 to participate in the 2nd International Forum “Development of Parliamentarism”.

During a visit to the DPRK capital, the Russian parliamentary delegation took part in a number of events. In particular, the parliamentarians laid flowers to the statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on Mansu Hill and visited the Mangyongdae Memorial Complex. The parliamentarians laid wreaths at the Monument of Liberation on Moran Hill and honored the memory of Soviet soldiers who died fighting for the liberation of the DPRK.

Moreover, in Pyongyang, members of the delegation visited the Holy Trinity Church of the Russian Orthodox Church and spoke with its senior priest. On the territory of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the DPRK, parliamentarians honored the memory of Andrei Karlov who served as ambassador to the Republic. Upon the invitation of the Korean side, the members of the State Duma visited the Pyongyang cosmetics factory and the Rugen ophthalmology clinic.