June 29, 2011 / 6:46 AM / in 7 years

Russia says not expecting visit by N.Korea's Kim

MOSCOW, June 29 (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has no plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-il during a trip to the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

“No such meeting is included in the programme for Dmitry Medvedev’s trip to Vladivostok,” Kremlin spokeswoman Natalya Timakova said by telephone.

Earlier this week, a local official in Vladivostok, 130 km (80 miles) from the North Korean border, said preparations were being made for a visit by Kim.

“We never said that he was going to come,” Timakova added.

A police source in the Vladivostok said that officers had been told the visit by Kim had been cancelled. (Reporting by Denis Dyomkin, writing by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Steve Gutterman)

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