Danish queen, Medvedev sign accords

6th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday signed a string of cooperation agreements in Moscow aimed at tightening bilateral ties.

The accords cover economic and political cooperation and advanced technologies.

During her visit which ended years of tensions between Copenhagen and Moscow Margrethe was accompanied by her husband Prince Consort Henrik and their son Crown Prince Frederik.

Then president Vladimir Putin, now the Russian prime minister, cancelled a visit to Copenhagen in 2002 after an international conference on the Chechen crisis was held there and Denmark refused to extradite separatist Chechen leader Akhmed Zakayev.

However a visit by Medvedev in April 2010 and by Putin in April this year led to a thaw.

The royal family will be in the former imperial capital of Saint Petersburg on Thursday and Friday and stay in Russia on a private visit until Monday.

Margrethe has said she wants to visit the grave of her ancester Maria Fedorovna, the former Danish princess Dagmar, who was married to tsar Alexander III.

Born in 1847, the daughter of Danish king Christian IX and Alexander had six children, including the last tsar Nicholas II, who was murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

© 2011 AFP

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