Vladimir Putin and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner adopted a joint statement on the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between Russia and Argentina. Following the talks, the two leaders attended the signing of a package of documents aimed at developing economic, defence and cultural cooperation between the two states.
Among the documents signed are the Protocol of Intent on the Implementation of the Multi-purpose Chihuido 1 Hydropower Project in Argentina; a Memorandum on Cooperation Between Gazprom and Argentina’s YPF National Corporation of Oil and Gas Deposits; a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Construction of a Nuclear Power Station on Argentine Territory; and an Action Plan for the Development of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Between Russia and Argentina.
The package also includes cooperation programmes in agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture for 2015–2016 and in culture and the arts for 2016–2018; a Memorandum of Understanding Between the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry and the Argentinian Industry Ministry.
The parties also signed documents pertaining to Russian-Argentinian trade and economic, investment and defence cooperation.
During the visit by the President of Argentina to Russia, the two countries also signed intergovernmental agreements on mutual protection of confidential information in military technology and on cooperation in environmental protection.
In addition, the parties signed documents pertaining to cooperation between the countries’ foreign ministries, cooperation in communications, tourism and the peaceful study and use of outer space.
The Presidents of Russia and Argentina also made statements for the press.
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Beginning of meeting with President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Madam President, friends, good afternoon.
It is a pleasure to meet with you in the Moscow Kremlin. Your visit falls on a special year, when we are celebrating 130 years of diplomatic relations between our two nations.
The world and our countries have changed significantly over the years, with only one thing remaining unchanged – the desire of our peoples and our countries to develop bilateral relations. Our political contacts have expanded lately and trade turnover has grown, though there are also some issues.
I am glad to have this opportunity to discuss all these positive trends, as well as the complications that you and I will need to resolve.
President of the Argentine Republic Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (retranslated): Thank you very much.
President Putin, first allow me to thank you for the invitation to visit the Russian Federation, and to thank the Russian people for the warm welcome I received.
I agree that this is a special year because it marks 130 years since diplomatic relations were established. Another date that makes this year special is that May 9 is the 70th anniversary of Victory over Nazism.
Yesterday I attended the opening of the Evita Peron exhibition [Eva Peron, Ambassador of Peace] at the State Historical Museum. This is the beginning of what we agreed upon during your visit to Buenos Aires – a cultural exchange between our countries.
A woman’s curiosity also led me to visit another exhibition that has not opened yet – about Victory over Nazism. I have to admit it was very interesting: it displayed such objects as Hitler’s sword and banners, and a very large picture that impressed me greatly – the parade of Soviet troops with the banners of Nazi units that they received after the Victory. The museum director showed me this picture with pride and said his father took part in that parade.
Thus, I had the honour to be the first visitor of this exhibition and it was very interesting. When it opens, I would like to invite everyone to the Evita Peron exhibition, it is wonderful and it touched the hearts of all the Russians who put it together.
Vladimir Putin: Thank you.