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Russian President-elect Putin Sends Personal Letter to President Kim

Apr 20,2000


Diplomatic sources in Moscow reported that yesterday Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin sent a personal letter to President Kim. In his letter, President-elect Putin expressed his hopes for "eased tensions on the Korean peninsula contributing to the further strengthening of Korean-Russian ties, and also for political stability on the Korean peninsula," a source was quoted as saying.

President-elect Putin also reportedly stated in the letter that he is hoping for signifigant progress in their bilateral relationship on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic ties between Korea and Russia. Putin also pledged to pursue a policy of mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

The Russian President-elect sent the letter as a reply to a letter President Kim had sent to the Russian acting president at the end of March to congratulate him on his election as the new Russian President.

In the letter, President-elect Putin expressed his gratitude for President Kim's well-wishes, and reportedly stated that stability on the Korean peninsula and the expansion of channels of political dialogue between the two Koreas would contribute not only to the national interest of Russia, but also to stability in Northeast Asia.

Foreign sources reported that the letter was delivered through Ambassador Evgeny Afanasiev, Russia's envoy in Seoul, who gave it to Korea's Foreign Affairs and Trade Vice-Minister Ban Ki-moon.









푸틴 “한반도 안정 희망”

블라디미르 푸틴 러시아 대통령 당선자가 김대중(金大中)대통령에게 친서를 보냈다.
 모스크바의 외교소식통들은 푸틴 대통령 대행이 19일 金대통령에게 보낸 친서를 통해“한반도의 긴장완화가 한-러관계의 향상에 도움이 될것이라며 한반도의 정치적 안정을 희망한다는 내용의 편지를 보냈다”고 전했다.
 푸틴대행은 또 이 편지에서 “한-러양국간의 건설적 협력을 다짐했으며 한러수교 10주년을 맞아 양국의 관계가 진일보 하기를 희망한다”는 의사를 전달한 것으로 알려졌다.
 푸틴대행은 金대통령이 3월말 당선축하서한을 보내준 것에 답하는 형식으로 이번 서한을 보냈다.
 푸틴대행은 서한에서 자신의 당선을 축하해준데 대한 감사를 표명한 후 한반도 안정과 남북한간 정치적 대화통로의 확대가 동북아 안정과 러시아의 국익에도 도움이 된다는 내용을 포함시킨 것으로 알려졌다.
 외교소식통들은 이번 서한은 예브게니 아파나셰프 서울주재 러시아대사를 통해 한국의 반기문(潘基文)차관에게 전달됐다고 전했다.








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