Lavrov is skeptical over US, N Korea negotiations
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that it is hardly possible to resolve North Korea situation in bilateral format.
"Undoubtedly, despite the importance of resolving the problems between the United States and North Korea, including the stages of the peninsula's denuclearization and security guarantees, it is clear that these problems can hardly be resolved in a bilateral format", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference.
The Russian minister said that the very fact that the summit took place is positive, stressing that denuclearization would take a long time and expressed hope that Pyongyang and Washington would have "enough patience" to agree on the parameters of the process.
"All participants of the six-party talks persistently noted that the process should result in creating a system of peace, security and stability throughout Northeast Asia," Russian Foreign Minister stated.
"US President Donald Trump's announcement about the lack of need to hold yet another US-South Korean drill will contribute to ensuring a steady pace [in the Korean settlement]," Lavrov added.
The United States, which has substantial presence in South Korea, was on a war footing with North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.
The development resurrected hopes that Trump and Kim could try to find a solution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula that has escalated over the past year.