Biden to visit Moscow in spring: reports

15th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

US Vice President Joe Biden will visit Russia in the spring ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama, Russian news agencies reported Tuesday, citing a senior diplomatic source.

"We are working on the details of a visit by Vice President Joseph Biden to Russia in spring this year," the diplomat was quoted as saying by the ITAR-TASS news agency.

"This visit will be an important stage in preparing an official visit by President Obama to Russia," the diplomat said.

A spokeswoman for the US embassy in Moscow told AFP that "this is not information that we can confirm," adding that official confirmation could only come from the White House.

Obama visited Moscow in July 2009, when he and President Dmitry Medvedev signed a landmark declaration pledging to reach a new nuclear arms reduction pact to replace the 1991 START accord.

The two leaders later signed the new START disarmament treaty in Prague in April 2010 and the treaty came into force on February 5.

Medvedev visited the United States in June last year and held talks with Obama in Washington after visiting California's Silicon Valley.

© 2011 AFP

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