New China president arrives in Russia

Moscow, Mar 22 (EFE).- China's new president, Xi Jinping, arrived Friday in Moscow on his first foreign visit since taking office last week, for a three-day visit that will include talks with Russian head of state Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev.

Accompanied by his wife, the famed singer Peng Liyuan, and by several Cabinet ministers, Xi will also take part in the signing of several cooperation accords and in the inauguration of "Tourism Year of China" in Russia.

The two heads of state were to meet Friday to discuss current world affairs and to coordinate the positions they will adopt in international organizations like the United Nations, the G20, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum and the BRICS group, according to a communique from the Kremlin.

Putin and Xi will meet up again next week in the South African city of Durban at the summit of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Absent from the score of documents the Chinese and Russian leaders will sign is a cooperation agreement on natural gas, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said earlier this week, but added that contacts to make progress in the matter "continue and continue, based on a positive dynamic."