Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Russian-Swedish talks in Moscow

Prime Minister of Sweden Fredrik Reinfeldt arrived in Moscow on March 9 to meet with President Dmitriy Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. They discussed the terms of Swedish companies’ activities in Russia. Mr. Reinfeldt comes with a package of projects on cooperation in energy, space exploration, health and social security. For the Swedish Prime Minister, it is the first visit to Russia. He was invited by President Medvedev when they met at the Russia-EU summit in Stockholm last November.
Relations between two countries have been clouded by the war conflict between Russia and Georgia that took place in August 2008.
Russia and Sweden are to will sign a number of agreements on the interaction between the countries' general prosecution offices, ITAR-TASS news agency reported. Some of them could be regarded as a step toward the visa-free regime between two countries to be achieved in the near future.
One of the sharpest problems that complicate a development of the fruitful relationships between Kingdom of Sweden and Russian Federation are violation of the human rights in Chechnya and Caucasian terrorists that have taken a refuge in Sweden recently.
Another important issue to discuss is connected with the fact that between 1991 and 1994 Russia dumped some chemical weapons and radioactive waste off the shores of Gotland.