Economy, trade and modernisation the focus of Putin's visit to Sweden


Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Today, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited Sweden to meet among others Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Much of the meeting's focus was on the economic related issues and several commercial agreements were signed.


But Putin also expressed concern for the Swedish participation in the operation in Libya saying that “expanding the NATO structures, and means to close the Russian border, are the cause of course concern in Russia,” said Putin at a press conference in the headquarters and added that all countries that see the military structures move from certain positions must react against it.

But today's meeting was mainly focused on the economy, trade agreements within the framework of Russian modernization projects were signed and both Putin and Reinfeldt emphasized the importance of good partnership between Russia and Sweden, stressing that the amount of trade between countries has increased.

After today's meeting, among others, Telecom Company Ericsson will participate in President Medvedev's favorite projects Skolkovo, one Innovations Island to grow up outside Moscow with Silicon Valley as a model.

The cumbersome issue of human rights in Russia, was not given any space  even though Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said that the agreement between Sweden and Russia also requires a “Partnership built on the basic principles of democracy, freedoms, and human rights.”
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