Putin invites two Koreas to economic summit

15:46 | 28/06/2018 Cooperation

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday (Jun 22) invited his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in to an economic forum in Vladivostok in September, confirming his plans to host the leaders of both Koreas in Russia.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a news conference following the talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia on Jun 22, 2018 - Photo: AFP/POOL

"We would be happy to see you as an honorary guest" at the Vladivostok forum which starts on Sep 11, Putin told Moon during a press conference after they held talks in Moscow.

The Russian leader has also invited North Korea's Kim Jong Un to the event, as well as the leaders of China and Japan.

So far, only Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has confirmed his attendance.

Russian media reported that Kim has not yet responded to the Kremlin's invitation.

"There has not been an answer yet," Putin's aide Yury Ushakov was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.

During his press conference with Moon, Putin said he "welcomed" a recent historic summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore, when the two leaders signed a joint document calling for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

"We hope this will allow tensions to be significantly reduced in the Korean peninsula and in the future create conditions for the formation of a sustainable security system in the region," he said.

Theo AFP