President Alberto Fernández will hold a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin; and another with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, in the framework of a visit that he will make next February 3 and 4 to those nations.
This was reported by presidential spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti, who indicated that The meeting with Putin will be part of a 48-hour stopover in Russia, prior to Fernández’s trip to China to attend the opening of the Winter Olympics in that country.
President he will meet next February 3 in Moscow with Vladimir Putin and the next day he will be in China, where he will meet Xi Jimping, shortly after the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with the ‘Asian Giant’, which began on February 19, 1972.
The bilateral meeting will be held in Russia that had been pending between Fernández and Putin, in which both heads of state “will talk about collaboration on the issue of vaccines, investments, science and other issues of common interest,” Cerruti explained.
This will be the first face-to-face meeting between Fernández and Putin, after the two had a telephone conversation last November, in which they expressed their willingness to meet in person as soon as the epidemiological situation allowed it.
The leaders communicated by telephone last November 7, for 30 minutes, to review the bilateral relationship between the two countries, and in that dialogue Fernández valued “the cooperation between both nations when facing the challenge” to which the pandemic to the world, was consigned on that occasion.
That conversation also served to reaffirm the “mutual willingness” to strengthen “the Russian-Argentine strategic partnership and practical cooperation in various fields,” according to a Kremlin press release.
On June 4, Fernández and Putin had shared a videoconference on the occasion of the start of production in Argentina of the Sputnik V vaccine; while in February and at the beginning of April of last year both leaders had spoken by telephone.
Fernández and Putin had planned to meet precisely at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Rome, but the Russian president informed 11 days before the Summit that he would participate via videoconference. Although the two presidents had scheduled a virtual bilateral meeting, it could not be held. for scheduling issues.
On that tour that the President made between October 30 and November 2 last, in which he also participated in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP) 26 in Glasgow, Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov had agreed on a visit by the Sovereign Fund for the last month of last year, which took place on December 7.
Indeed, at a working lunch in the Eva Perón room of Casa Rosada, Fernández met with authorities from the Russian Direct Investment Fund and executives of companies and representatives of banks in that country to advance in associations in various strategic sectors and strengthen the exchange.
The visit to China
Also on that European tour, the president’s trip to China was agreed “to accentuate trade,” as Cafiero had told the Argentine journalists who covered those events that time.
“We have a binational treatment commission regarding commercial issues and one of the points was that it return to work quickly,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship had pointed out.
Cafiero then explained that the idea is to advance on issues such as the knowledge economy, in commercial terms, and to strengthen Argentina’s presence in China.
On that tour, the foreign minister met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to analyze the need to promote trade devices with mixed commissions, exports and imports and the expansion of the trade balance.
In addition, on November 4, Fernández participated, through a recorded message from Casa Rosada, in the inauguration of the fourth edition of the China International Import Expo (CIIE), together with Xi Jinping.
There the President highlighted “the growing recovery of international trade” and advocated making “greater efforts to achieve a more open, fair and balanced trade” to move closer “to a world in which no one is left behind.”
In this sense, he indicated that, “for this, it will be essential to approach international trade from a “win-win” perspective, as can be corroborated by the strong growth registered in bilateral trade.”