Cooperation with South Korea

The diplomatic relations between the countries date back to September 30, 1990

The diplomatic relations between the countries date back to September 30, 1990.

Before that all cooperation was limited to trade and that was done through companies headquartered in third countries. Needless to say that the scope was insignificant.

December 1990 marked the first official visit of South Korean President Roh Tae-woo to Russia that paved the way for approval of a Declaration of General Principles of Relations, as well as government-to-government documents regulating trade and economic cooperation.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s visit to Seoul that followed in November 1992 reinforced the trend of developing ties with the Republic of Korea. The countries signed a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, Treaty on the Fundamentals of Relations and other bilateral documents.

November 2013 saw Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official visit to South Korea. The high-level negotiation resulted in approval of a package of bilateral documents on cooperation in various fields. 

As of today, Russia and South Korea maintain fruitful ties between the Governments and Security Councils, as well as ministries and agencies.
In December 2007, Moscow and Seoul signed an MoU on Military and Technical Cooperation. In 1996, Russia started exporting T-80 tanks, BMP-3 IFVs, and Ka-32 helicopters to South Korea.

The Republic of Korea hosts a representative office of Rostec, Russia’s state corporation, that also projects Rosoboronexport’s interests in the country. 

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