13 Nov 2018 11:07

Putin starts state visit to Singapore

SINGAPORE. Nov 13 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Singapore for a state visit and also to attend a meeting between Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the highest level and the East Asia Summit.

Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said earlier that Putin would be in Singapore from November 13 to November 15.

On Tuesday, Putin will meet with the leadership of Singapore and will join this country's president for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the construction a Russian cultural center and an Orthodox church.

Putin will attend the Russia-ASEAN summit on November 14. The 13th East Asia Summit will open the same day. It will continue on Thursday, when its main events are expected to take place.

In Singapore, Putin plans to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.