China and Russia agree that direct dialogue between North and South Korea is needed to ease tensions on the peninsula created following the North's shelling of Yeonpyeong Island last month. Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping, met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss political developments on the peninsula, China's Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.
The two officials in the statement urged the two Koreas to come to the table and discuss ways to alleviate tensions in the region. China and Russia said if tensions lead to war, the two Koreas will be the ones who sustain the greatest damage, and it will not be in the best interest of other concerned countries such as China, Russia, Japan and the United States.
They emphasized that six-party talks "proved to be the most realistic and effective channel to solve the impasse in inter-Korean relations" and renewed calls for a meeting of the chief negotiators proposed by China.