Cameron to visit Russia Monday: Kremlin

7th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron will meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow on Monday next week at the invitation of the Russian leader, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

It gave no further details.

Cameron will be the first British prime minister to officially visit Russia since the November 2006 killing by poisoning in London of dissident Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

Former British prime minister Tony Blair flew to Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg for a G8 summit in July 2006.

Litvinenko's death has harmed ties and seen London accuse Moscow of trying to protect the Russian culprits who allegedly organised the radioactive substance used to poison the dissident.

The dispute has also damaged security service cooperation between the two nations and seen periodic protests outside the British embassy in Moscow.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague visited Moscow in October and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov came to London in February.

© 2011 AFP

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