Sok Bae LEE
Republic of Korea, Ambassador to the Russian Federation
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1990, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation have continued to develop mutually beneficial relations in various fields based on mutual trust, friendship and cooperation. As a result, in 2008 the status of our bilateral relations rose to the level of strategic partnership. And in 2018, the volume of trade between our countries increased 120 times compared to the indicators of the first years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, reaching $ 25 billion. In addition, after the entry into force in 2014 of the Agreement on the Mutual Abolition of Visa Requirements between the Republic of Korea and Russia, exchanges between our peoples have been continuously growing, due to which in 2018 the number of reciprocal visits of citizens of our countries exceeded 700 thousand people. Thus, our bilateral relations are developing at a dynamic pace.