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Russian Premier to Attend Olympics Opening Ceremony in Beijing

Vladimir Putin, the Head of Russian Government, will visit Beijing on August 8-9 to attend the Olympic Games opening ceremony and meet with Russian athletes. Besides he will have a number of bilateral meetings including with US President George Bush and Chinese leaders.

A source in the Government said to RIA "Novosti": “Vladimir Putin will visit Beijing on August 8-9 to attend the opening ceremony of the 29th Olympic Games as a guest of honor. This visit is of a special significance because we will host the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014”.

The agenda includes a visit to the Olympic Village, meeting with our Olympic athletes in order to encourage them and wish them success.

Putin will also attend a state reception to be given by the Chinese side in honor of the Olympic guests. According to preliminary data, Beijing will host the heads of more that 85 states, 10 governments and about ten monarchs.

Separately, Vladimir Putin will have meetings with US President George Bush, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, to discuss preparation for Olympic Games-2014 in Sochi.

Besides the agenda includes talks and lunch of Vladimir Putin with Chinese Chairman Hu Jintao, talks with Premier of the Chinese State Council Wen Jiabao, and meeting with former Chinese President Jiang Zemin.

According to the source, at the talks with the Chinese leaders the parties will discuss bilateral relations, energy matters, prospects of cooperation in the civil aviation sphere, ecological problems, preparation for the meeting of SCO heads of governments and bilateral meeting of premiers of the two countries scheduled for this October in Moscow.
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