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Russia and South Korea opened Year of mutual exchanges
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The year of mutual exchanges between Russia and South Korea was opened by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He recalled that the large-scale event was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. This year they turned 30. It was a mutual rejection of the vicious logic of the Cold War, which divided the two countries for decades, the minister explained.
Over the past period, Sergei Lavrov noted, a lot has been accomplished. Today, relations between Moscow and Seoul can rightfully be called good-neighborly. They are based on common interests, mutual respect and mutual trust. The countries have established a political dialogue that is constantly expanding. Cooperation in trade, economy and investment is flourishing.
Contacts in the humanitarian sphere are actively developing. This is evidenced by tours of creative teams, exhibitions, festivals and other joint events. Russians and Koreans are increasingly interested in the culture, history and traditions of the partner country. Mutual tourist flows are also increasing.
The pandemic did not interfere with the implementation of plans for the Year of Mutual Exchanges. And the decision to extend it for this year will make it possible to expand contacts, primarily between people. Some of the events of the rich program were held online. Lavrov expressed the hope that the program of the year will be implemented as fully as possible. Among the significant events, the minister named the Russian-Korean forum of interregional cooperation in Ulsan and the Russian Seasons festival.
As Russkiy Mir reported earlier, Sergei Lavrov noted that the Year of Mutual Exchanges between Russia and South Korea would become an additional incentive to discuss the development of relations between the two countries in all sectors.
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