Economic and energy cooperation were expected to top the agenda Monday for Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, who was in Moscow on a three-day working visit that was to include talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and meetings with Norwegian business representatives.
The ITAR-Tass news agency quoted the Norwegian Embassy as saying that officials would sign an agreement on a US$1 million (€819,000) Norwegian donation for construction of a boarding school in Beslan, the southern Russian town targeted in a hostage-taking last September than cost some 330 victims' lives.
Bondevik and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Fradkov were to discuss ways of boosting their nations' trade turnover, which reached a record US$1.67 billion last year according to Russia's Foreign Ministry.
They were also to discuss cooperation in the Arctic. Russia and Norway "have a common understanding of the particular importance of cooperation in the North, where our countries share a border, and are interested in taming resources and jointly standing against modern challenges and threats, particularly in the area of nature protection," the RIA-Novosti news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko as saying.