Russian president to address IOC session, inspect Olympic village infrastructure in Sochi
Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the opening meeting of the 126th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday.
Ahead of the opening ceremony for the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Putin will visit some of the facilities built for the event, will inspect the infrastructure of the Olympic village and will meet with athletes from Russia's national team, the Kremlin press service has reported.
"On February 5, the president of Russia will visit the Olympic village on the seashore and will attend a welcoming ceremony for the Russian Olympic Committee's delegation, during which a flag of the Russian Federation will be raised," the press service said.
Putin's trip to Sochi will also see a number of his bilateral meetings with foreign guests.
"On February 6, the president will hold negotiations with President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping," it said.
Arrangements have also been made for Putin's meetings with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Apart from that, Putin is expected to meet with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Kyrgyz leader Almazbek Atambayev and other foreign leaders.
"The highlight of the trip will be the opening by the Russian president of the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The opening ceremony is due to begin at 8:14 p.m. Moscow time on February 7," the press service said.
The Olympics opening ceremony will be watched live by 40,000 spectators at Sochi's Fisht stadium, as well as by more than three billion people worldwide.
"More than 40 heads of state and government will attend the ceremony," the press service said.
Up to 60 foreign leaders plan to visit different events as part of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.
The Russian president will give an official reception in honor of the event's foreign guests ahead of the opening ceremony.