Medvedev to meet Rousseff in Brasilia next week

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will pay a courtesy call on President Dilma Rousseff next week on the sidelines of an annual bilateral cooperation meeting, Rousseff's office said Friday.

Medvedev will meet Rousseff Wednesday before holding talks with Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer, the president's office said.

Brazil and Russia are both members of the BRICS group of emerging powers along with China, India and South Africa.

In December, Rousseff paid her first official visit to Russia where she met with both Medvedev and President Vladimir Putin.

Brazil subsequently signed an agreement for the purchase of civilian Russian helicopters.

BRICS leaders are to hold their next summit in Durban, South Africa, in March.