Sunday, July 11, 2010

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrives in Crimea for informal CIS summit

July 10, 2010 (FOCUS News Agency Moscow). Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived on Saturday in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea for informal Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) summit, RIA Novosti reports.The informal summit is to take place in the Livadia Palace near the city of Yalta, often used by the Ukrainian leadership to hold solemn international events.The Belarusian, Armenian and Kazakh leaders have already arrived in the Crimea. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovych are expected to attend.The CIS leaders will discuss among the others the development of the Crimea's economy and the investment policy to the autonomous republic.The summit will be held following Yanukovych's birthday celebrations.