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Putin ‘casually late’ for summit with President Moon

Sept. 6, 2017 - 18:22 By Kim Min-joo
Russian President Vladimir Putin showed up 30 minutes late for the summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday, once again living up to his reputation for tardiness.

Bilateral talks between the two leaders were scheduled for 1 p.m. local time. President Moon flew to Vladivostok and headed straight to Far Eastern Federal University, where the summit was set to take place. Moon arrived on time, but was kept waiting.

No explanation was given for the tardiness. However, Putin has a record of being late for summits with global leaders, including US Secretary of State John Kerry and Pope Francis. In one incident, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was kept waiting for four hours.

Some international relations experts view Putin’s repeated lateness as a strategic move to hold the upper hand at summits where power politics come into play.

“Given Putin’s notoriety for tardiness, we had expected him to arrive late and I’d say 30 minutes late is OK,” an official from the South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

President Moon Jae-in and President Vladimir Putin enters the summit venue inside Far Eastern Federal University Wendesday. (Yonhap)