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THE HAGUE, January 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia and the Netherlands have signed a joint action program for 2014-2016. The document embraces all trends of cooperation between the countries, including politics, economy, education and culture, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
“The previous plan was in effect in 2011-2013,” the deputy prime minister noted. “The plan was fulfilled and received good assessments. Therefore, we have developed a new action plan that we signed with Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans today,” Dvorkovich said.
“Meanwhile, during a visit to the Netherlands we have synchronized positions on all current affairs with the Dutch partner in Russian-Dutch intergovernmental committee, Minister of Foreign Trade and Cooperation Development Lilianne Ploumen and met with State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs Sharon Dijksma, who is in charge of agriculture,” he noted.
Dvorkovich noted that he had an informal meeting with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands discussing issues of mutual interest. The deputy prime minister recalled that Willem-Alexander was a member of the coordination committee of the International Olympic Committee on preparation to the Winter Olympics 2014 and will come to attend an opening ceremony of the Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi. “We have discussed preparation to the Winter Olympic Games and which heritage the Olympics will have as well as run-up to the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia,” the Russian deputy prime minister noted.