Easing Tensions: British PM Makes A One-day Moscow Visit

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In an attempt to improve relations, David Cameron made a one-day visit to Moscow and met with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. Cameron discussed cooperation in trade as well as the technology sector. Britain is one of the largest foreign direct investors in Russia, investing US$40 billion last year.

The two countries despite cooperating on the economic front often disagree on political issues. Middle East and Africa policy are some areas of dispute. Ties between the countries also worsened after the poisoning of a former Russian agent In London in 2006. Britain wants suspect Andrey Lugovoy extradited to London. Russia has repeatedly refused the request.

This is the first time in six years a British Prime Minister has made an official visit to Moscow.