M.K. BHADRAKUMAR. Russia pushes back at US on North Korea (Asian Times 4 June, 2018)

Foreign Minister Lavrov asserted Russia’s role in the current process as a stakeholder in the stability of northeast Asia; he flagged the need to revive six-party talks; it also seems Putin will meet Kim Jong-un soon.  

[If President Trump thinks that the DPRK issue is one for the US alone to determine, he will be deluded. As the article below indicates, there is a very strong historical link between Russia and the founder of the DPRK, Kim Il Sung. John Menadue]  

The visit by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Pyongyang on May 31 was a poignant moment for both countries. This was a rare meeting between a senior Russian official and a member of the Kim dynasty. Yet, Russia has been the oldest friend and mentor of the ruling family in Pyongyang.
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Tony Kevin

An important and perceptive article by an experienced former Russia hand in the Indian Foreign Ministry – M K Bhadrakumar is always worth reading carefully. Trump will be completely outplayed diplomatically by Kim, backed by Russia and China, unless he completely re-jigs his own thinking, which is all inappropriately based from his own life experience working in a cutthroat commercial model of business partners and rivals in the property development industry . This he is always about trying to divide his opponents – pull Russia away from China, North Korea away from China, Russia away from Iran, and so on.,… Read more »