Kremlin expects Obama may visit Moscow in first half of 2013 - Putin's aide

The Kremlin expects that U.S. President Barack Obama may visit Russia in the first half of 2013, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said.

"We expect that the visit could take place in the first half of next year," Ushakov said at a news conference in Moscow.

He recalled that, while Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Obama on his reelection, he reiterated his invitation to him to come to Russia. "We are talking about a full-scale visit, and we need simply to choose the time for it. Perhaps it should preferably be not delayed for too long," he said.

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