During breakfast with South Korean Prime Minister Lee Han-tong, Mr Putin said that relations of good-neighbourliness and constructive partnership with the Republic of Korea were in the interests of stability and prosperity in North-East Asia, and would always be among Russia’s priorities in the Asia-Pacific region. He also expressed confidence that problems arising from the division of the two Koreas would be solved and welcomed any steps towards reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula.
President Vladimir Putin met with South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Han-tong
President Putin with Korean Prime Minister Lee Han-tong.
State Visit to the Republic of Korea
February 27 − 28, 2001