Russia is sending humanitarian supplies worth $1.7 million directly to Kosovo Serbs, challenging the authority of the US-backed government in Pristina.
A deal on missile defense could be part of a 'strategic framework' the presidents plan to sign Sunday, legacies in mind.
Charges against two men, one of whom worked for oil giant and joint venture TNK-BP, may be part of an effort to increase Russia's control over oil resources.
The investment push, fueled by a new sovereign wealth fund and eager Russian businessmen, has raised concerns of Moscow meddling abroad.
A state of emergency remains in place, after protesters alleging election fraud were dispersed last week.
Polls indicate more than two-thirds of voters plan to vote for Vladimir Putin's longtime aide, despite little campaigning.
The Putin generation is often worldly, optimistic, and enthusiastic about democracy – as they define it.
The groups engage in social programs and political events, but their approaches differ markedly.