November 28, 2016 / 10:57 AM / 2 years ago

Kremlin says Putin will not attend Castro's funeral

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia, October 27, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Mikhail Klimentyev via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has no plans to attend the funeral of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.

Peskov said Putin had a busy schedule preparing for a major speech.

Vyacheslav Volodin, a close Putin ally and the speaker of the Russian State Duma or lower house of parliament, would head the Russian delegation to the funeral, said Peskov.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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