Medvedev to visit Milan for talks with Berlusconi: Kremlin

16th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit Milan on July 23 for economic talks at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a Kremlin spokesman said on Friday.

"Trade and economic ties" will be the primary focus of the one-day visit, the spokesman told AFP, without providing further details.

Italy is one of Russia's key allies in Western Europe. Medvedev's predecessor at the Kremlin Vladimir Putin and Berlusconi have repeatedly boasted of their close friendship, visiting each other at their holiday residences in recent years.

Earlier this week Medvedev told Russian diplomats Italy was one of the countries with which Russia needs to forge economic alliances to modernize its outdated economy.

Medvedev earlier paid a visit to Italy and the Vatican in December 2009. In March of the same year, he visited the Italian town of Bari on the southern Adriatic to receive a symbolic key to a Russian Orthodox church.

© 2010 AFP

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