The study of Col. Potiata's, the Russian Officer in charge of the Korean troops, Policy for the Korean and the Far East shows that Russian's policy in Korea was preservation of independence, territorial inviolability and integrity of Korean state.
Gojong's flight to Russian legation and his more than a year's was not the manifestation of Russia's aggressive towards Korea. On the contrary, Russia did not avail herself the extremely opportune situation for annexation of Korea establishing of the protectorate over her.
Gojong had moved from the Russian legation to his Palace and guarded by his troops officered by Russians. Col. Potiata's, the Russian Officer in charge of the Korean troops, did give the Gojong's assurance that he could protect him, and that he did this without first consulting Mr. Waeber.
Potiata' was executed that the arrival in Korea of fourteen Russian Officers for the purpose of drilling the Korean troops, and it was intimated that “many more Russian Officers” was expected to arrive for the same purpose.