U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to visit Moscow on March 9

Kremlin and Saint Basil'sMOSCOW. March 1 (Interfax) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to visit Moscow on March 9, Russian presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko said.

"We consider this visit a landmark event in the preparations for the U.S. president's upcoming visit to Russia, which is scheduled for this year," Prikhodko told reporters on Tuesday.

The date of the U.S. president's visit has not been determined yet. "We would consider Joe Biden's visit to Moscow successful if the parties could announce the date of Barack Obama's visit. It would be a real result," the Kremlin official said.

The U.S. officials have expressed a desire to address issues related to Russia's accession to the WTO, missile defense, disarmament, and the work by the bilateral Medvedev-Obama commission during Biden's visit, Prikhodko said.

The parties also plan to exchange opinions on the events in the Middle East and their consequences for Russia and the U.S. and strategic stability in general. The presidential aide said the discussion will address the possible impact of these events on the global economic situation and the G8 summit scheduled to take place in Deauville, France.

Biden's visit was preceded by a visit by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Burns, who has passed "a very good letter from Barrack Obama to the Russian president." Back (c)2010 Interfax-Military News Agency, All rights reserved. News and other data on this web site are provided for information purposes only, and are not intended for republication or redistribution. Republication or redistribution of Interfax content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Interfax-Military News Agency.

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