Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said his country has never supported a total embargo of North Korea commenting on US President Donald Trump’s call on the world to abandon support for Pyongyang.
“We have never supported the idea of a total embargo of the DPRK, like any other country. We believe that the real problem of violation of a series of UN Security Council resolutions by Pyongyang and Pyongyang’s provocative actions occurred in the past should be resolved in a completely different way,” Ryabkov said.
“Pushing, pressure, sanctions, especially the blockade, embargo” are not the way Russia acts in the global arena, Ryabkov added.
“We cannot support such calls. We think that there is an alternative. We think that joint Russian-Chinese proposals, if they are perceived in a proper manner, in this case I am referring to my colleagues in Washington, will give momentum to the political process,” the diplomat underlined.
Earlier in the day, Trump called on the world — calling out by name Russia and China — to stop supporting the North Korean regime. The US President also urged Russia and China to downgrade diplomatic relations and cut economic ties with North Korea.
“The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens it with nuclear devastation. All responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea — to deny it, and any form of it. You cannot support, you cannot supply, you cannot accept [it]. We call on every nation, including China and Russia, to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions, downgrade diplomatic relations with the regime, and sever all ties of trade and technology,” Trump said during his address to South Korea’s National Assembly.