Spain's Queen Sofia and the wife of Russia's president inaugurated here Monday the new Russian Science and Culture Center.

The opening of this center officially closes the Spain-Russia Dual Year, dedicated to promoting and strengthening throughout 2011 the economic, political, cultural and scientific ties between Russia and Spain.

After having lunch together, Sofia and Svetlana Medvedeva arrived in the same auto for the inauguration of the new cultural showcase, where the queen was received with traditional Russian folk dancing and was treated to some typical Russian pastry.

During their tour of the installations they visited a small auditorium where several musical compositions were performed.

The 2011 Spain-Russia Dual Year will close with a gala performance of Russian ballet at Madrid's Royal Theater, to be presided over by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia and attended by the Russian first lady and her country's deputy prime minister, Alexander Zhukov.

Also present will be other Spanish officials, including Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez and Madrid's mayor, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon.