Spain's King to Meet President

Spain's King Juan Carlos I will arrive in Moscow on Wednesday for a two-day visit in which he will meet with President Dmitry Medvedev, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

Spokespeople for the Kremlin and the Foreign Ministry confirmed the working visit but said the Spanish king's itinerary was still being planned and that it was unclear exactly when he would meet Medvedev.

A Kremlin spokeswoman said the two would "presumably" meet Thursday.

A Spanish Embassy spokesman said he could not comment on the king's itinerary but that it is his first visit to Russia since August 2006.

The king's previous visit sparked a minor controversy over a hunting trip in the Vologda region.

Sergei Starostin, the region's deputy hunting chief, claimed that the Spanish king shot a drunken bear. In a letter to governor Vyacheslav Pozgalyov, Starostin wrote that the "good-humored and jolly bear called Mitrofan" had been fed honey-laced vodka before being released and subsequently killed by the king.

Starostin added in an interview that he did not believe the king had been aware Mitrofan was drunk at the time of the incident.

A spokeswoman for the king later called the claim "ridiculous," saying he had not killed a bear — drunk or otherwise — during the visit.