Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan will leave for Russia Tuesday to pave the way for President Lee Myung-bak’s visit to Moscow later this fall.
For the next three days, Yu will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other officials to discuss Lee’s itinerary.
Yu and Russian officials will also discuss ways to expand bilateral cooperation, including the development of Russia’s Far East and Siberian regions. North Korea’s nuclear issue will also be on his agenda.
On Friday, Yu will head to Mongolia for a two-day visit. He will meet with Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar and Prime Minister Sanjaa Bayar.
Yu will seek to strengthen cooperation with Mongolia’s new government and ask Mongolia to allow Korean firms to take part in its resource development projects.