Nuclear Deal May Be Signed in Beijing

BEIJING -- Russian energy officials may sign a cooperation agreement on nuclear power with China during President Dmitry Medvedev's visit this week, Russia's ambassador in Beijing said Tuesday.

The Russian delegation, which will also include new Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko, may yield an agreement on nuclear-power cooperation, Ambassador Sergei Razov said.

"I cannot disclose what project ... but it is a big possibility that it will be signed [during the visit]," Razov said.

Razov said little progress, however, would be made on long-running disputes over gas prices, which have held up work on two planned pipelines to China.

Medvedev will meet with President Hu Jintao and other senior Chinese leaders during a two-day state visit starting Friday.

Russia has forged close ties with Beijing and is eager to boost exports of oil, gas and nuclear products to China.