Russia's Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told TASS news agency: "We welcome the first contacts between Seoul and Pyongyang. We believe that the direct dialogue will facilitate de-escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula".
According to Yonhap news agency, North Korea had issued a notification to South Korea's Ministry of Unification that it had accepted the offer to hold talks on next Tuesday at a truce village called Panmunjom, located just across the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).
China on Wednesday welcomed the talks between the two Koreas and has appreciated their effort to use the 2018 Winter Olympics as a platform for improving ties. It also called on all parties to see the positive side of the upcoming high-level talks between the two Koreas.
The Winter Olympics is scheduled to take place at South Korea's Pyeongchang from February 9-25.
The upcoming high-level talks come amid the increasing tension between the two countries as South Korea seized a Hong Kong-flagged oil tanker returning after allegedly transferring oil to North Korea a few days ago.
The two countries are separated by the world's most heavily militarised border since the Korean War ended in 1953. (ANI)