The Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Hungary on Monday for a state visit with a difference.
Officially, the world leaders’ love of judo is bringing him to Budapest for the opening ceremony of the sport’s world championship.
He is after all the honorary president of judo’s governing body, the International Judo Federation.
Putin to visit #Budapest for the World Judo Championships: https://t.co/aekOwD1KR6 pic.twitter.com/9sOaFN9YxW— We Love Budapest (@welovebudapest) August 25, 2017
But the trip, his second this year to meet Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, is also about strengthening ties with a rare-EU ally.
Putin will be given an honorary citizen award in recognition of Russia’s role in developing the Paks nuclear plant, Hungary’s first and only atomic energy facility.