Russian PM to Visit Phnom Penh in November

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will visit Cambodia in November, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced during a speech Thursday at the inauguration of the Cambodia-China Friendship Bridge in Phnom Penh.

Mr. Hun Sen said that Mr. Medvedev would be in Phnom Penh on November 23 and 24, but did not specify the purpose of his visit.

“If there is no change, the Russian prime minister will visit Phnom Penh on the 23rd and 24th of November this year,” Mr. Hun Sen said, adding that he would meet with the prime minister directly after returning from an Asean summit in Malaysia.

“As soon as the meeting is finished, [I will] have to immediately fly back to Phnom Penh to be before the Russian prime minister,” he said.

During his visit, Mr. Medvedev will become the first foreign official to cross the Techno Skybridge, an overpass that is currently under construction on Russian Federation Boulevard that is due to open on November 21, Mr. Hun Sen added.

Representatives from the Russian Embassy in Phnom Penh would neither confirm nor deny the visit when contacted Thursday.

Mr. Medvedev is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. When Mr. Putin had to step down in 2008 due to Russia’s limits on presidential terms, Mr. Medvedev served as Russia’s president for four years before becoming prime minister in 2012.

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