Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the opening of an exhibition of archive materials on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of Russia-Uruguay diplomatic relations, Moscow, December 6, 2017
Your Excellency, Mr Ambassador,
Ladies and gentlemen,
In February this year, President of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez made an official visit to Russia. Following that summit meeting, the foreign ministries of Russia and Uruguay signed a cooperation agreement in the area of archives. Now, just months after this intergovernmental document was signed, we see a practical benefit. I am referring to this exhibition of archive materials opened on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries.
These relations are based on traditions of friendship, mutual respect and trust. These documents show that our countries have been guided by these principles since the mid-19th century. I would like to draw your attention to documents like the official letter from Emperor Alexander II to the President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay Gabriel Antonio Pereira on the establishment of friendly relations between our countries, as well as a 1944 letter from Uruguayan Counsellor Emilio Frugoni to Joseph Stalin on the transfer of 6,000 roubles to the Soviet Defence Fund in solidarity with the fight against Nazism.
Today our countries maintain a multifaceted and intense dialogue in the bilateral format and at international organisations. I am referring not only to Russia’s relations with Latin American integration associations where Uruguay is a member, but also to our interaction in the UN Security Council in the past two years. A regular meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on trade, Economic, Investment, Research and Technical Cooperation will be held next year. It will certainly give fresh impetus to our economic ties.
A vivid example of the mutual feelings of sympathy between our peoples is the story of the Russian-speaking town of San Javier, where the majority of the population is from Russia or of Russian descent. Today we will be able to read unique documents from 1914 about life in this town that was founded by Russian settlers.
I am sure that the upcoming mundial in June and July 2018, in which eight Latin American countries will participate, will further promote the contacts between our countries and peoples. Moreover, Uruguay and Russia are in the same group. We look forward to this interesting match in Samara in the latter half of June.
I hope you will enjoy this interesting and impressive event. I wish you all the best.