Medvedev to concentrate on California, spend as little time with Obama as possible
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will meet with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger during the Russian president’s trip to the United States which begins today. The President will meet with California business leaders before traveling to Washington to meet with USA President Obama.
Meetings in Washington are always important, however while Russian leaders aren’t saying so publically, they obviously view Obama as someone to avoid as much as possible.
Schwarzenegger’s office says the governor will meet with the Russian leader in the city of San Francisco. Scheduled to speak at Stanford University on Wednesday afternoon, President Medvedev will also tour Silicon Valley, where he is expected to speak with California high technology entrepreneurs about his plan for a Russian version of Silicon Valley just outside Moscow.
Medvedev’s top economic aide Arkady Dvorkovich will make the trip as will senior officials from Russia’s top energy giants, LUKoil and Gazprom. The Russian group will meet also with members of the management team at Google while in California.