Russian-U.S. summit to focus on hi-tech, economy

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Business projects, Russia's entry to the WTO and other economic issues will top the agenda of the talks between Russian and U.S. presidents during Dmitry Medvedev's visit to the United States, a Kremlin aide said on Tuesday.

"We want this visit to bear innovative traits and Russian-U.S. relations will not limit themselves by military and political issues," Sergei Prikhodko told Moscow's Vedomosti daily.

Moscow intended to diversify its cooperation with Washington, he said. For that purpose, Medvedev's upcoming visit would start from the Silicon Valley in California, which Russia is trying to emulate in Skolkovo near Moscow.

Medvedev is to visit the headquarters of Twitter, Cisco, Yahoo, Bell Labs and talk with some IT prodigies of Russian origin there.

"We hope the Americans will present Medvedev an iPhone 4G," said Prikhodko half-jokingly.

A group of Russian officials and businessmen working on modernization projects and only one representative of energy sector would come with the Russian leader.

The Russian delegation has planned to sign cooperation agreements with MIT, Cisco, Boeing, Cummins and other U.S. companies in the IT, aviation, hi-tech and banking sectors.

Russia still suffers from the decades-old Jackson-Venik amendment which hampers the two countries from collaborating fully in the hi-tech projects.

After Russia's accession to the WTO, this amendment will become void automatically.

Source: Xinhua


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