published: 10.04.2013, 14:18 | updated: 10.04.2013 14:21:01
Prague - Former Czech president Vaclav Klaus will visit Moscow in the latter half of April to attend a conference on challenges faced by Russia and meet Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, he told CTK today.
Klaus, then Czech head of state, hosted Medvedev, then Russian president, and U.S. President Barack Obama at Prague Castle during the Russia-U.S. disarmament summit in 2010.
In 2011, Medvedev paid an official visit to Prague.
Klaus will stay on a working visit to Russia from April 17 to April 19.
He will attend The Russia Forum conference organised by the Russian bank Sberbank.
If he manages to adjust his schedule, he will also visit Britain on April 17 to attend the funeral of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher who died on Monday, he said.
Klaus signed the letters of condolence on Thatcher´s death at the British embassy in Prague today.
Klaus, an economist by training, whose opinions have always been close to Thatcher´s, is to receive a personal invitation to her funeral.
An official invitation is also to be addressed to the Czech Republic.
Klaus said he hopes he will manage to coordinate his participation in both the funeral in Britain and the conference in Russia.
He said Medvedev had sent a "very nice, honest and friendly letter" to him at the close of his presidential mandate, which expired on March 7.
Afterwards they agreed to meet at the earliest opportunity.
"It is this opportunity," Klaus said, referring to his planned trip to Moscow.
Before, Klaus will leave for the USA on April 11 to give a speech at the Richmond University´s conference devoted to economist Friedrich von Hayek.
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