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Russia promises 'close consultation' with S. Korea in punishing N. Korea

SEOUL, May 25 (Yonhap) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev promised on Tuesday "close consultations" with South Korea in its punitive steps against North Korea for its attack on a South Korean warship in March, officials here said.

In his 20-minute telephone conversation with President Lee Myung-bak, Medvedev said Russia will "try to send a right signal to North Korea while securing the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula," according to Lee's spokeswoman, Kim Eun-hye.
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Earlier this week, South Korea announced a set of tough countermeasures against the North after concluding that its 1,200-ton naval ship, the Cheonan, was torpedoed by a North Korean submarine off the west coast on March 26, killing 46 crew members.