April 8 - Russia yesterday added its voice to the call for a calm and prudent response to the April 5 launch of the Kwangmyongsong-2 communications satellite by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DRPK).
Earlier this week the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation said they would veto any resolution imposing new sanctions against the DPRK in the United Nations (UN) Security Council.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that it was necessary to avoid jumping to conclusions, according to the Moscow Times. Foreign Minister Lavrov urged the international community to continue studying the technical characteristics of the rocket launch before jumping to conclusions.
Earlier in the week, the representative from Russia at the UN stated that his country found no reason not to believe that the rocket launch indeed included a communications satellite.