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Russian Prez Medvedev leaves for US, to meet Obama

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday left on a three-day visit to the US during which the two countries will sign several key accords and joint declarations.



Moscow: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
on Tuesday left on a three-day visit to the US during which the two
countries will sign several key accords and joint
declarations.

"A large package of documents has been prepared for
the visit - about 10 documents and declarations by the two
presidents on various issues of cooperation," Kremlin Foreign
Policy Aide Sergei Prikhodko told reporters.
Medvedev is expected to be welcomed by California
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the San Francisco Bay area,
home to Silicon Valley.

Later, he will fly to Washington for summit talks with
Obama on key international security issues and Russia`s
accession to the World Trade Organisation, blocked by Cold
War-era Jackson-Vanick amendment clamped on Ex-USSR for not
allowing Jews to freely migrate to Israel.

During the visit, Russian Technologies will sign a
previously announced multibillion-dollar contract to purchase
50 Boeing 737 jets for Aeroflot.

VSMPO-Avisma Corp, a titanium producer controlled by
`Russian Technologies`, will sign agreements with its American
partners, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Ural Boeing Manufacturing, a 50-50 joint venture
between Boeing and VSMPO-Avisma based in the Sverdlovsk
region, was created in 2007 and began production with Obama`s
first visit to Moscow in 2009.

Russia`s KamAZ truck manufacturer and General Motors
also will discuss cooperation possibilities during Medvedev`s
trip.

Prikhodko said the joint declarations expected to be
in Washington will include those dedicated to the improvement
of openness in government activities, interaction in
anti-terror combat and co-operation in the field of
innovations.
Before leaving Moscow, Medvedev held a meeting of the
Russian Security Council to discuss "a range of Russia`s
approaches to relations with the United States."

Medvedev and Obama are also expected to adopt a joint
declaration on the situation in Kyrgyzstan, where up to 2
thousand people are feared killed in inter-ethnic violence
between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz.

"We are currently working on a joint declaration
concerning the situation in Kyrgyzstan. We want to demonstrate
our concern in relation with the events that have taken place
there, and we will support the coordinated international
reaction by the UN, the OSCE, the SCO, as well as by
neighbouring states," Prikhodko said.

Both Russia and the United States have military bases
in northern Kyrgyzstan near Capital Bishkek.

The US base at Bishkek`s Manas Airport plays a key
role in US-led coalition forces` operations in Afghanistan.

By beginning his US tour with Silicon Valley Medvedev
would be signalling his priority of doing business than
talking politics, his economic aide Arkady Dvorkovich said on
Monday.

Medvedev is scheduled to meet with Google CEO Eric
Schmidt, who has agreed to join the supervisory board of the
Skolkovo innovation centre outside Moscow, the Russian edition
of Silicon Valley.

PTI

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