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Medvedev, Merkel to discuss Nord Stream project, visa regime

Dmitry   Medvedev and Angela Merkel in the city of Yekaterinburg
Dmitry Medvedev and Angela Merkel in the city of Yekaterinburg
July 15, 2010

(KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI)  The Russian president and German chancellor will meet on Tuesday in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg for a top-level discussion on a wide range of issues — from the Nord Stream gas pipeline project to simplified visa regime.

Dmitry Medvedev and Angela Merkel will meet at a working breakfast on Thursday morning, followed by a meeting with Russian and German businessmen. The two leaders will later attend a session of a Russian-German forum St. Petersburg Dialogue currently underway in Yekaterinburg.

The Russian-German interstate consultations will begin at noon. Trade and economic relations, the Nord Stream gas pipeline project, simplified visa regime between Russia and the European Union, cooperation between Russian and German regions are on the agenda.

An aide to the Russian president, Sergei Prikhodko, earlier said that the two leaders will also address international issues, including violence in Kyrgyzstan, North Korea’s nuclear program and situation in de-facto independent republics of Nagorny Karabakh and Transdnestr.

A total of 10 bilateral documents are expected to be signed, including a memorandum of understanding between the Skolkovo foundation, which supervises the eponymous innovation hub outside of Moscow, and Germany’s Siemens AG.

The Russian companies Rostekhnologii (Russian Technology) and RusHydro will sign a partnership agreement with Siemens AG to establish a joint venture manufacturing hydroelectric power units.

Russian railway monopoly RZD and Siemens will sign a memorandum to establish a joint venture for supply and maintenance of high-speed trains.

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