Kremlin: Putin will not attend Gorbachev funeral, pays tribute

MOSCOW — The Kremlin stated Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not going to attend the weekend funeral of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev however has paid tribute to him.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a Moscow hospital the place Mikhail Gorbachev’s physique is stored earlier than Saturday’s funeral.

Peskov informed reporters that Putin’s schedule wouldn’t permit him to attend Saturday’s farewell ceremony, however paid tribute to late Soviet chief.

Requested if Gorbachev might be given a state funeral, Peskov stated the funeral may have “elements” of state funeral, resembling honorary guards and different formalities.

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