“It is essential to resolve the region’s problems through direct dialogue involving all sides without advancing any preconditions (for such talks)”, Putin wrote.

North Korea was quick to slam the military exercise as a “rash act”.

“At the summit meeting, ways to increase cooperation between the two countries, including developing the (Russian) far east, resolving the North Korean nuclear issue and consolidating peace on the Korean Peninsula, will be discussed”, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun said.

The Russian President’s warning comes after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile that flew directly over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean. It must be diplomatically active’.

President Vladimir Putin warned Friday of a “major conflict” looming on the Korean Peninsula, calling for crisis talks as France’s foreign minister warned of a possible threat to Europe.

Trump said last month Pyongyang would “be met with fire and fury” if it continued to threaten the U.S.

Meanwhile, the latest from Trump on North Korea is that “talking is not the answer”.

Russian Federation participated in the six-party talks, which occurred in the mid-2000’s in an attempt to get North Korea to abandon its then burgeoning nuclear program. North Korean media also continues to imply that this week’s provocative missile launch over Japanese territory was but the “first military operation in the Pacific”, with more to come.

He echoed comments by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who in a Wednesday telephone call with his United States counterpart Rex Tillerson “underscored. the need to refrain from any military steps that could have unpredictable consequences”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the country that masters artificial intelligence technology will be the “ruler of the world” and leader in military might.