Russia, Sweden pledge to step up cooperation

09:49, March 10, 2010      

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) shakes hands with Swedish Prime Minister Frederik Reinfeldt in Moscow, capital of Russia, March 9, 2010. Reinfeldt met with Medvedev on Tuesday, signing a series of documents. (Xinhua/Alexandrov)

Russia and Sweden clinched on Tuesday a series of agreements in a bid to strengthen cooperation in various fields including energy and the crackdown on organized crime.

The documents were signed in the presence of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and visiting Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt after their talks in the Kremlin.

The Russian Energy Ministry and the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Energy signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Other agreements pertain to cooperation on fighting against organized crime, health care, social insurance, culture, as well as the research and peaceful use of outer space.

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