Putin comes to town
1 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — Russian President Vladimir Putin flies into the Netherlands for a two-day state visit on Tuesday.
1 November 2005
AMSTERDAM — Russian President Vladimir Putin flies into the Netherlands for a two-day state visit on Tuesday.
Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, arrive at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport at noon. They will be received by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Crown-Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Maxima, and a number of senior Dutch politicians.
Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam was sealed off early on Tuesday morning in preparation for a wreath-laying ceremony at the national monument,
Later in the day, Putin is to meet Economic Affairs Minister Laurens Jan Brinkhorst, the mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen and a delegation of business leaders.
The Russian leader will also visit Tsar Peter’s House in Zaandam where Peter the Great stayed in 1697 when he came to the Netherlands to learn Dutch shipbuilding techniques.
In the evening, the Putins will attend a state banquet with the royals at Palace Noordeinde in The Hague.
On Wednesday, Putin will visit the Dutch parliament and have a 60-minute meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. It is expected they will discuss the threat of international terrorism.
The state visit concludes at Noordeinde on Wednesday afternoon.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news