Putin to visit Beijing on Aug 8-9
Source said Russian PM would meet Chinese president to discuss the "widest range of matters of bilateral cooperation in the sphere of energy, the industry, civilian aviation and ecology".Updated: Aug 06, 2008 15:06 IST
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will visit Beijing on August 8-9, a source in the Russian government told Itar-Tass on Wednesday that Putin would "hold full-scale talks with Chinese leaders".
The visit is timed with the opening of the Olympic Games.
"Despite unprecedented engagement of Chinese authorities in the organisation of the Olympiad, the Chinese leaders have allocated special time for meeting with the Russian prime minister."
"This is an important gesture for the part of the Chinese leaders testifying and stressing special relations of Russia and China," the source said.
Just the Chinese side was an initiator of the bilateral meetings that will be held in Beijing over these days.
He said "China's leadership will probably even arrange a lunch in the morning of August 8" in honour of Putin.
He will hold separate talks with Chinese State Council Premier Wen Jiabao on this day.
The Russian prime minister is expected to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao, on Saturday, as well as China's former leader Jiang Zemin.
The source said the sides would discuss the "widest range of matters of bilateral cooperation in the sphere of energy, the industry, civilian aviation and ecology", as well as results of the meeting of the two countries' leaders in this year's May and ways to implement achieved accords.
At the same time, the "sides will not have enough time for making long-term decision, but there will be time for discussing the most important matters of interaction", the source said.