Milliband wants to talk with Moscow

LONDON: Foreign Secretary David Miliband will welcome the chance to discuss key topics including Iran and Afghanistan during atrip to Moscow next month, his office said Thursday.

In the first such trip for five years, Miliband will travel to Moscow at the beginning of November at the invitation of his Russian counterpartSergei Lavrov, said a Foreign Office spokesman.

"The Foreign Secretary welcomes this opportunity to continue to engage with Russia on the major global challenges we all face, in which Russia plays a key role," said the spokesman.

These include "the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iran, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; climate security and tackling the global economic crisis," he said.

"He expects to meet a range of politicians, business leaders and representatives of civil society," the spokesman added.

Ties between Moscow and London were badly strained after the mysterious 2006 radioactive poisoning death of Kremlin critic and former Russian security services agent Alexander Litvinenko in London.