Lee to Visit Russia, France Next Week

President Lee Myung-bak visits Russia next Tuesday, followed by a trip to France to attend this year's Cannes G20 summit.

During his two-day stay in St. Petersburg, Lee will meet his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev and discuss economic collaboration and North Korea's nuclear issue.

They are also expected to exchange views on a project that aims at building a pipeline to carry Russian natural gas through North Korea to the South. The project, which has been discussed for about 20 years but never materialized, was agreed in principle by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and Medvedev on Aug. 24, but resurgent tensions between the two Koreas make it unlikely in the near future.

On Wednesday, Lee flies to France to take part in G20 Summit in Cannes on Nov. 3 to 4.

Lee is expected to deliver a keynote speech at the G20 Business Summit attended by some 200 business bigwigs and leaders of international bodies on corporations' role in overcoming the ongoing crisis.

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