Cyprus readies for Medvedev visit.
CYPRUS was gearing up yesterday for the arrival tonight of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev who will visit the island for two days in what is being billed "the business highlight of the year".
According to the official programme, Medvedev flys in from Algiers, arriving in Larnaca at midnight with a reportedly 60-strong press entourage. There he will be met by Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou.
Security has already been beefed up ahead of the visit. Police deputy spokesperson Lefki Solomontos said yesterday that police had developed a comprehensive security plan for Medvedev's visit, covering all of his movements from the time of arrival of until his departure.
"It should be stressed that we have had excellent cooperation with police and Russian embassy in development and design (of the security plan)... We are confident that this cooperation will continue until the departure of the Russian President from Cyprus" Solomontos said.
Medvedev's official meetings will begin tomorrow with a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace, an inspection of the Guard of Honour and a wreath-laying at Archbishop Makarios' statue.
The two Presidents will then introduce their official delegations, proceed to the presidential office for a tete-a-tete meeting and hold official talks before signing an action plan, bilateral agreements and memoranda
Later on Medvedev will also meet House President Marios Garoyian and Archbishop Chrysostomos II before inaugurating the Russian Commercial Bank with President Christofias.
In the evening, President Christofias will give a banquet dinner in honour of Medvedev who he will decorate with the Grand Collar of the Order of Makarios III. I
To mark the occasion Cypriot and Russian students will hold three events tomorrow as part of the "'Russia-Cyprus Grow up together" project.
This aims "to bring young people from Cyprus and Russia together, create relationships and friendships and enhance the already existing strong bonds between the two countries."
The day will begin with a symbolic planting of 50 trees to represent 50 years of friendship Andreas Anastasopoulos street, near the 3rd Makedonitissa Primary School at 10 am.
This will be followed by the opening of a painting exhibition at the PASYDY Theatre foyer at 6pm by Russian Ambassador Vyacheslav Shumskiy and education and culture minister Andreas Demetriou.
At 7pm children from the Spivakov Foundation, the Ensemble of Traditional Music from the Nicosia Music School, the Rymvos Youth Dance Group and the young tenor George Ioannou will perform a gala concert at the Pasydy.
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