May 16, 2021

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What Kim Jong Un’s decision to skip the Eastern Economic Forum means for Russia

That neither Kim or Moon will attend the Vladivostok EFF next month is a major setback for Russia

Putting an end to several months of speculation, the Kremlin has announced that it is not expecting either Kim Jong Un or Moon Jae-in to attend this year's Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok.

Yury Ushakov, an aide to Russian president Vladimir Putin, announced that the upcoming Kim-Moon summit (the date for which has not yet been officially confirmed) will coincide with the EEF, and that Russia must therefore assume that neither Moon Jae-in nor Kim Jong Un will be present.