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Book chapter

Russia and Korea: Perceptions in Foreign Policy

P. 64-68.

The paper looks at the question of relationship between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Korea. Notwithstanding the explicitly and commonly shared aim of establishing and maintaining peace on the Korean Peninsula and in the broader North-East Asia region, Russian and Korean public perceptions of each other’s foreign policies result remarkably altered. As results of the recent joint research project (2016) by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM) and the Hankuk University demonstrate, over 40 % of Koreans think that Russia would take the DPRK side in case of a military conflict on the peninsula, while almost 60% of the Russian public think that Russia will act as a neutral mediator to resolve the conflict. Both the Russian and the Korean public admit that bilateral relations are strongly conditioned by the remaining stereotypes and policy fluctuations.