British PM to visit to Moscow September 11-12

British Prime Minister David Cameron will pay an official visit to Moscow on September 11-12 at the invitation of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

During the visit, which will be the first one by a British prime minister in the past five years, Cameron will meet with Medvedev and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Russian-British relations have been strained over a host of issues, including the controversial death of former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 and Russia’s pressure on the British Council in 2007-2008.

The issues also include Britain’s criticism of Moscow after the Russian-Georgian military conflict in August 2008 and tit-for-tat diplomat expulsions. Russia has also accused Britain of acting as a refuge for fugitive Russian businessmen, including Boris Berezovsky.

The countries currently cooperate on key international issues, but there has been no noticeable progress in the resolution of bilateral disputes.

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