PATRIOT PARK, Russia (Sputnik) – South Korea seeks military cooperation with Russia amid the growing threat to the Korean Peninsula, with particular interest in Russian fifth-generation aviation technology, drones and space exploration Kim Young Wook, a flight attendant at the South Korean embassy in Russia, said.
“The great threat comes from North Korea.
Not only in the military but also in the political sphere. Our government is trying [to establish] a permanent peaceful atmosphere in the Korean peninsula. To do this, we need cooperation. with other countries, “especially with Russia,” Kim said on the sidelines of the 2020 Army Defense Industry International Forum.
According to the official, South Korea wants “to have military technology cooperation with Russia.”
Russia’s fifth-generation aviation technology, such as Sukhoi Su-57 jets and drones, would be of great interest to South Korea, he noted.
“Russia is developing the fifth generation jet aircraft.
If we had the chance, that would be good technology for us. We are not developing these fifth generation jets. If we have the chance to to cooperate with Russia, that would be great, ”Kim said.
According to Kim, as an aviator he was very interested in the development of technology in space.
“Korea is still a very powerful country in military power, but we also need to develop our technologies in the cosmos, in the universe, in all space. We need to learn more about Russia’s experience and technology. “, did he declare.
Kim noted that it was an honor for him to visit the 2020 Russian Army Forum and see showcases of Russia’s military hardware and technology. The diplomat added that the exhibition provided many opportunities to learn from Russia, which has a lot of military experience.
Seoul plans to sign a military memorandum of understanding with Russia during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Seoul expects later this year, Kim Young Wook said.
Earlier this week, South Korean Ambassador to Russia Lee Sok-bae said Seoul hoped Putin will visit South Korea later this year and that the countries have started consultations on the organization of the visit. Justin Townes Earle, American singer-songwriter, has died at 38
“If Vladimir Putin comes to our country, we can broaden the spectrum of cooperation.
In our military sphere, we are negotiating a memorandum, MoU [Memorandum of Understanding]. If Vladimir Putin can visit our country, we can sign the MoU in the military field. between South Korea and Russia, ”Kim said on the sidelines of the 2020 Army defense industry forum near Moscow.
According to the air attaché, discussions on the MoU will shift from lower level negotiations to higher level negotiations.
“And then the Russian and Korean defense ministries will have this memorandum,” he said.
Kim noted that South Korea and Russia are celebrating 30 years of diplomatic ties this year. Modern relations between the two nations began on September 30, 1990.
However, due to the coronavirus pandemic and associated restrictions, South Korea has not had the chance to send a large delegation to Russia in recent months, according to the official.