Countries jockeying for position

Russia has few cards, but keen to show it's key actor

President Vladimir Putin has touted ideas such as building a railway link to connect Russia across the border and down to Busan, and a gas pipeline that would tie the two Koreas to Russia's energy grid.
President Vladimir Putin has touted ideas such as building a railway link to connect Russia across the border and down to Busan, and a gas pipeline that would tie the two Koreas to Russia's energy grid.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Leadership or disruption? The Straits Times looks at how Donald Trump's coercive diplomacy kick-started the Singapore summit and caused various players to jostle for a piece of the action.

Russia is determined to remind the world that, despite its negligible involvement in the diplomatic preparations for the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, it remains a key strategic actor on the Korean peninsula.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has recently returned from a hastily arranged visit to Pyongyang, and Moscow officials are delighted that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, officially Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, has agreed to visit Russia later this year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2018, with the headline 'Russia has few cards, but keen to show it's key actor'. Print Edition | Subscribe