On Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov is to arrive in Washington to hold talks on Thursday with US Secretary of State Colin Powell on the questions of preparation of the forthcoming meeting between presidents of the USA and Russia George Bush and Vladimir Putin. A RIA Novosti correspondent quotes spokesman for the US Department of State Richard Boucher as saying at a briefing in Washington on Monday that the talks between Igor Ivanov and Colin Powell would prepare the upcoming meetings of Vladimir Putin and George Bush in Washington and at the US president's rancho in Texas state. Besides, as Boucher said, the whole spectrum of Russian-US relations will be touched upon during the talks.
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