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Hungary’s Orbán travels to Moscow for Gorbachev’s funeral

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is to attend Mikhail Gorbachev’s funeral in Moscow, the government in Budapest said.

“Orbán travels to Moscow this morning to pay his respects to the late Mikhail Gorbachev,” government spokesperson Zoltán Kovács said on Twitter on Saturday. Orbán’s delegation includes MEP Tamás Deutsch, he said.

Orbán is not scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a spokesperson for the Kremlin said, according to reports

Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, died on Tuesday at the age of 91 after a long illness. He is not receiving a state funeral.

A Kremlin spokesperson said previously that Putin would not attend the funeral as his schedule did not allow him to be present.

Gorbachev, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, will be laid to rest in Moscow in the same cemetery as Russia’s first president Boris Yeltsin.

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