Russia calls for restraint on Korean Peninsula
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for restraint in the current developments on the Korean Peninsula, during his phone talks with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.
Medvedev called "not to escalate the tension in the region" that started to grow last week, after Seoul announced that its warship was attacked by a submarine of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Xinhua reported.
However, the DPRK firmly denied the charges and insisted on sending its own inspectors to verify the evidence.
"The president of South Korea informed Medvedev of the ongoing situation surrounding the incident. The president of Russia thanked him for the detailed report and sent his sincere condolences over the heavy loss of human lives entailed by this tragedy," the Kremlin press service said.
"Medvedev hoped that, despite the dramatic situation, restraint will be demonstrated and any further escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula will be prevented," it said.