Medvedev to attend Olympic opening ceremony in London

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will fly to London on Friday to attend the opening ceremony for the anniversary Olympic Games, and he will be the Russian Olympic team's leader.

Medvedev will be among the guests at a reception in honor of the heads of state and government on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, during which he will have a working contact with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the government press service has reported.

On the second day Medvedev will meet with the Russian Olympic team and watch a volleyball game between the Russian and British women's teams.

"Attendance of the opening ceremony is an imperative for Medvedev," a source in the government earlier said.

It is a sign of Russia's respect for the Olympic movement. "The next Winter Olympic Games will be held in Russia. It is not surprising that the prime minister wants to view how the Olympic Games have been organized right in London," he said.

President Vladimir Putin wants to visit the Olympic Games, too. He said at the G20 summit in Los Cabos on June 20 that he would probably go to London on a "private visit" to watch judo competitions.

"The Russian delegation will be led by Prime Minister Medvedev, but I will probably go to the Olympics, as well. I would like to watch judo competitions," he told the media then.

Putin said he had informed Cameron of his plans and the British prime minister replied that he would be happy to see him. "Perhaps we will meet," Putin remarked.

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