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President Dmitry Medvedev will send a group of Russian experts to South Korea to examine the results of a probe into the sinking of a South Korean warship, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.
"Medvedev believes it is crucial to establish the true cause of the loss of the vessel and to establish beyond all doubt who bears personal responsibility for what happened," the Kremlin press service said in a special statement.
It said Medvedev made the decision in response to a proposal from South Korea.
South Korea's 1,200-ton Cheonan corvette sank near the disputed Northern Limit Line in the Yellow Sea on March 26 with the loss of 46 lives. After an investigation, Seoul accused North Korea of firing a torpedo from a submarine at the vessel.
"We believe that if there is reliable information about someone's involvement in the incident, measures considered essential and fitting by the international community should be taken towards those guilty," the statement said.
"Beyond this, the Russian president considers it crucial that all the involved parties show restraint and moderateness in the interest of not allowing tensions to escalate further, and of preserving peace, security and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the entire region," the statement said.
"Russia is prepared to continue close cooperation on this issue with all the states concerned."
MOSCOW, May 26 (RIA Novosti)
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