Hungary's Orban attends Gorbachev memorial

STORY: Many western heads of state and government, who normally would have attended, will be absent on Saturday - kept away by the chasm in relations between Moscow and the West that opened up following Russian President Vladimir Putin's move to send troops into Ukraine in February.

Orban, a conservative nationalist is one of the few European leaders to have good relations with Putin.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RIA news agency that Putin had no plans to meet with Orban during his visit to Moscow.

Gorbachev, died on Tuesday (August 30) aged 91, was set to be buried without state honours or Putin in attendance.