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When Putin’s private jet touches down in London today, he may have to take a look at a map or two before trying to traverse through bustling city. That’s because he hasn’t been there in quite some time. To be clear, this visit doesn’t seem to be the “official” type you hear of in typical stories about diplomatic trips and talks. Rather, Putin, the honorary president of the International Judo Federation and a black belt himself, is there to watch the judo finals, reports Reuters.
He will, however, be accompanied by British PM David Cameron and “officially” will be simply discussing trade matters, Russia being Britain’s fastest growing export market. Speculation is that the real subject matter will focus on the continuing saga in Syria, though.
Putin’s visit isn’t met with much approval by the London public. The mysterious poisoning and subsequent death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB spy turned opposition journalist who found asylum in the UK after accusing Russia of staging the apartment bombings that brought Putin to power (among many other accusations), is certainly a debacle at the forefront of “cooling” relations between the two powers. So too is the supply of arms to Syria by Russia, no matter the actual motivation or intended use.
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