Putin to attend engineering forum, meet with Yemeni president
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will on Wednesday attend an international engineering forum in the town of Zhukovsky near Moscow and meet with high-ranking officials there, RIA Novosti reported.
The officials Putin will meet with at Engineering Technologies 2010 include Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Siemens CEO Peter Loescher.
The forum will run from June 30 to July 4. It will show the capabilities and prospects of Russia's machine-building industry.
Some 25 conferences and round tables that will involve over 1,500 delegates from Russian and foreign companies will be held.
Yemen's participation is not accidental: 90% of military hardware in the Yemeni armed forces was made in the former Soviet Union, and the country's air force's fleet consists of Soviet-made aircraft.
Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, a deputy director of Russia's Federal Service on Military and Technical Cooperation, told RIA Novosti in early June that contracts on the supplies of Russian armored vehicles, small arms and ammunition to Yemen are implemented as planned.
Many industrial and social facilities in southern Yemen were built with support from the Soviet Union.
Russia also delivers humanitarian aid to Yemen, whose leadership fights al Qaeda militants and has to deal with Shiite rebels in the north and separatists in the south.
A recently agreed aid package includes tents, mobile power plants, blankets, canned food and sugar.