MOSCOW, June 19 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev will arrive in the Netherlands on Friday on a
two-day visit, on the invitation of Prime Minister Jan Peter
Balkenende, a Kremlin official said.
The leaders will discuss bilateral relations, and on
Saturday will take part in the ceremonial opening of the
Hermitage Amsterdam, which will show exhibitions from St.
Petersburg's Hermitage Museum.
Medevedev will also meet with Queen Beatrix, as well as
corporate leaders based in the Netherlands who are actively
involved in investment relations with Russia, the official told
The Netherlands is one of Russia's leading trade partners,
with turnover last year totaling $62 billion, and accrued Dutch
capital investment reaching $45 billion, or 18% of total
foreign investment in Russia's economy.
The largest investment activities between the countries
are Sakhalin-2, an oil and gas project run by Russia's Gazprom
and Anglo-Dutch oil major Shell, and the Nord Stream gas
pipeline running from Russia to Germany, in which N.V.
Nederlandse Gasunie holds 9%.