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MOSCOW, November 29 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s Head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov leaves on a working trip to Austria on Thursday. During the two-day visit he will have bilateral negotiations and will have meetings with leaders of international organisations accredited in Vienna.
His working day will begin with laying wreaths to the memorial to Soviet soldiers who died liberating Vienna. After that, Ivanov will have a working lunch with Austria’s Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner, and later on he will have a meeting with Austria’s President Heinz Fischer.
Besides, Sergei Ivanov will participate in the first Assembly of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, where he is due to make a report on Russia’s national efforts to fight the corruption.
In the afternoon, he will have meetings with leaders of international organisations of the UN system, which have headquarters in Vienna.
The Russian-Austrian trade, economic and political relations have been developing positively, in 2011, the trade turnover between the two countries reached five billion dollars, Austria’s aggregated investments in the Russian Federation made 5.5 billion dollars, and Russia’s in Austria – 1.4 billion dollars. Promising directions in the trade and economic relations are machinery and management, pharmaceuticals, construction, ecology-friendly technologies, consumer goods and high technologies.
Presently, the two countries’ most interest is in energy and transport projects. Austria jointly with Slovakia negotiates construction of Druzhba oil pipeline’s part from Bratislava to Ausrtia’s petroleum refinery in Schwechat (near Vienna).
Austria, which purchases from Russia 60 percent of gas the country requires, also participates in the South Stream project. Besides, due to its geographical position, Austria is playing an important role in providing Russia’s transit supplies of natural gas to other European countries – Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia.