Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) — The May 8 issue of Minju Joson, the organ of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly and the Cabinet of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, runs answers given by Russian Ambassador to the DPRK Andrei Karlov to the questions put by the newspaper.
Answering the question as to his view on the historic significance of the defeat of fascism and the 60th anniversary of the victory of Russia in the war, the ambassador said that the servicepersons of the Soviet Army saved Europe and the world from the fascist subjugation.
Noting that the Great Patriotic War marked a really big event of the times, he went on:
The war was not only a worldwide war surpassing all the preceding armed conflicts in terms of its scale, but it was the Great Patriotic War, the first of its kind in history, the purpose of which was to protect the lives of great many people.
Those who doubt the significance of the victory and the role of Russia in winning the victory forget the fact that without the victory their countries would not have existed on the map.
To celebrate the forthcoming war victory day is an expression of high tribute and the sincerest thanks to those who defended the independence of our country and liberated the enslaved people of the world.
Precisely for this reason heads of state and government of at least 50 countries as well as leaders of major international organizations are expected to come to Moscow to participate in the celebrations.
I am pleased that Russia will see the delegates of the DPRK among them.
The historic day, May 9, 1945, will always be remembered by the people.
The event we are commemorating is of eternal significance for the present and future.
Answering the question as to the recent steps taken by Russia for the country’s security and peace in Northeast Asia, the ambassador said:
The steadily increasing economic potential of Russia makes it possible for it to allocate more funds for bolstering its defense capability.
At least 531 billion Rubles have been earmarked as defense spending for 2005.
A reform is going on in the armed forces and they are being equipped with new type combat hardware that can be found in Russia only.
Russia has recently taken an active part in the Asia-Pacific regional integration system aimed at setting up a new system for regional security and cooperation on a multilateral and equal footing, taking the interests of all the countries in the region into consideration.
A good example of this is Russia’s active participation in the settlement of all very complicated regional issues including matters related to the security on the Korean Peninsula.
Referring to the present DPRK-Russia relations and their prospect, he said:
Thanks to the historic meetings of Chairman Kim Jong Il of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Russian President Putin, the top leaders of the two countries, the traditional relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries have developed on a completely new stage in recent years.
Russia and the DPRK are having a regular political dialogue and their stands on almost all international issues are similar or nearly identical.
The 2000 north-south joint declaration and the DPRK-proposed initiative for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula enjoyed strong support from the Russian Federation.
I am convinced that all the regional issues including the nuclear issue should be peacefully settled in view of the security of your side and in the interests of its economic development.
In this sense Russia holds that the Beijing six-way talks should be resumed as they are regarded as a modality most suitable for the discussion on the afore-said issues.
The successful development of the mutual cooperation between the Russian Federation and the DPRK is evidenced by our cooperation in culture, science and education.
There are positive signs in economic cooperation, too, these days.
The turnover of economic cooperation has increased ever since there began such large-scale international projects as the linking of the railways of the Korean Peninsula and Trans-Siberian Railways, I think.
A special mention should be made of the fact that on the eve of the day of victory a high class medal of Russia was awarded to Chairman Kim Jong Il of the DPRK National Defence Commission and commemorative medals were conferred upon 17 Korean war veterans.
All this marks one more symbol of the solid and traditional friendship between the two peoples.
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