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Comment by the Information and Press Department on Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Susana Malcorra’s visit to Russia
Susana Malcorra, Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, will visit Russia on April 11-13 at the invitation of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
During the April 13 talks, the foreign ministers will discuss issues on the bilateral agenda, such as intensifying the political dialogue between the two countries, and cooperation in international and regional issues, with a special focus on development of trade and economic ties.
The ministers will exchange opinions on the global agenda, particularly, on the Syrian settlement, joining forces against international terrorism, emerging challenges and threats, and cooperation within the G20. The two countries enjoy a high level of cooperation in the UN thanks to similar or close positions on many international issues, which is conducive to expanding constructive cooperation internationally. A stand-alone topic to cover will be interaction within regional integration associations of which Argentina is a member, including the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).
The ministers will also address the expansion and upgrade of the contractual framework of the countries’ relations. One of the outcomes of the visit will be the signing of an agreement between the Russian Federal Drug Control Service and the Argentine Ministry of Security on collaborative prevention of the trafficking of drugs, psychotropic substances and drug precursors.
A regular top-level and high-level political dialogue contributes to the strengthening of the relations between Russia and Argentina. In July 2014, President Vladimir Putin paid an official visit to Argentina followed by Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s reciprocal visit to Moscow in April 2015.
The countries’ foreign ministries also maintain regular contact. The foreign ministers exchanged visits in 2013 and 2014. In September 2011 and September 2012, they had meetings in New York on the sidelines of the 66th and the 67th sessions of the UN General Assembly, respectively. In March 2014, the ministers conversed briefly in Geneva. In March 2015, they held talks on the sidelines of the meeting of ministers of the Central America Integration System member states in Guatemala.
Inter-parliamentary contacts are an important component of bilateral political dialogue. In November 2015, Chairperson of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko visited Buenos Aires.
Argentina is one of Russia’s major trade and economic partners in Latin America. The bilateral trade turnover in 2015 reached almost $1 billion. Our economies are largely complementary, which opens new opportunities for engaging the production capacity of the two countries in the most advanced hi-tech areas. Susana Malcorra’s visit will comprise a meeting with Russian and Argentine business representatives.
Moscow and Buenos Aires are working together on a number of major investment projects in energy. These include the construction of the Chihuido I hydropower station in Argentina involving Inter RAO–Export. A protocol of intent for this project was signed in April 2015. Rosatom State Corporation is negotiating construction of another energy unit for the Atucha nuclear power station. Oil and gas collaboration between Gazprom and YPF is another promising direction in bilateral relations. In April 2015, the companies signed the Memorandum of Cooperation. Russia’s imports to Argentina include energy equipment for hydropower stations, trolleybuses and oil production equipment.
In 2015, Russia and Argentina held the Days of Russian Culture in Argentina and the Days of Argentine Culture in Russia. Large cultural events in the two countries marked the 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
Argentina is a second home for a substantial diaspora of Russian immigrants. Tens of thousands of people associate themselves with the Russian language and culture in the country.