Russia's Medvedev in Prague to do business

December 8, 2011 - 3:51 AM
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Abbot of Strahov Monastery Michael J. Pojezdny, 2nd right, and chairman of its library Evermond G. Sidlovsky, rigtht, guide Czech Republic's President Vaclav Klaus, center right, accompanied with his wife Livia, 2nd left, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, center left, with his wife Svetlana, left, through the monastery's library in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Medvedev is to Czech Republic on a two-day official visit. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

PRAGUE (AP) — Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev will sign bilateral business deals with his Czech hosts, amid protests in major Russian cities against alleged vote fraud.

Medvedev will also open an exhibition of Kremlin's priceless treasures on Thursday.

Also on the agenda of the talks with President Vaclav Klaus and Prime Minister Petr Necas is the thorny issue of U.S. and NATO missile defense plans as well a Russian bid to build two more reactors at a Czech nuclear plant.

Medvedev threatened last month to deploy missiles to target U.S. missile shield sites in Europe if Russian concerns are not met.