Rock-loving Russian president meets U2's Bono
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and U2 frontman Bono vowed to fight against the spread of polio as they met Tuesday ahead of the Irish rock band's first ever concert in the country this week.
Russian television showed Medvedev meeting Bono for tea on the terrace of his holiday villa, Bocharov Ruchei, near the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, which will host the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Medvedev, who has confessed his love for classic rock bands Pink Floyd and Deep Purple, wore an open-necked shirt and clutched a pair of sunglasses for the meeting, while Bono dressed more formally in a dark jacket and his trademark earring.
Topics of the teatime conversation included preventing the spread of polio and HIV, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
Bono is known as much for his campaign work as for his music and in 2006 launched a campaign to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by selling specially branded goods.
The singer was photographed meeting then-president Vladimir Putin at a Group Eight summit in Genoa, Italy, in 2001.
Talking to Russian journalists on Sunday, Bono joked that he would cancel the meeting with Medvedev because of his musical tastes.
Told that Medvedev favours rock band Deep Purple, Bono jokingly got up from his seat and said "Oh no, we're cancelling the meeting," the Kommersant daily reported on Monday.
Bono arrived in Moscow on Sunday as part of the band's 360 Degree world tour, which will include a performance at Moscow's Luzhniki sports stadium on Wednesday.
© 2010 AFP