Global Affairs

Russia's spoiler role in global geopolitics

The recent Putin-Kim summit is an example of the way Russia elbows its way onto the global stage, insisting on a role to match its ambitions

LONDON • They smiled, shook hands, chatted politely and then left. The summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, held in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok, had no particular agenda and no particular outcome.

But to a large extent, that was the beauty of the entire exercise. For the meeting was not designed by Russia to defuse the nuclear showdown in the Korean peninsula, let alone lay the foundations of a new security architecture in Asia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 29, 2019, with the headline 'Russia's spoiler role in global geopolitics'. Print Edition | Subscribe