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Putin congratulates new South Korean president

May 10, 9:53 UTC+3

The Russian leader said Moscow is ready to bolster ties with Seoul

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Moon Jae-in

Moon Jae-in

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MOSCOW, May 10. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram of congratulations to Moon Jae-in, who won the presidential election in South Korea, and confirmed preparedness to develop bilateral cooperation, the Kremlin press service said.

"Putin said in the congratulatory telegram Russia praises fruitful relations with the Republic of Korea and confirmed readiness for joint work for a buildup of bilateral cooperation in various areas, as well as for coordination of efforts in the solution of pressing issues on the international agenda," the report said.

He expressed the confidence that this "meets the fundamental interests of our two friendly nations and falls in line with the course at the consolidation of peace, security and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia in general."

The Russian leader wished Moon Jae-in good health, wellbeing and successful work as President of South Korea.

The presidential election in South Korea was held on Tuesday, May 9. Moon Jae-in took 41.1% of the vote and was immediately sworn in without any transition period. It was an early election, coming after Park Geun-hye was removed from power by impeachment.

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