Alberto Fernández will travel to Russia and China next month

The presidential spokeswoman, Gabriela Cerruti, confirmed President Alberto Fernández’s tour of Russia and China, on February 3 and 4.

The head of state will first travel to Russia, where he will hold a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and 48 hours later he will travel to China to meet with the president of the Asian giant, Xi Jinping, and participate in the opening of the Olympic Games in winter in that country.

The meeting between Fernández and Putin will be the first since the inauguration of the Argentine president, since they only had a telephone conversation through the pandemic last November, when they expressed their willingness to meet in person depending on the epidemiological situation.

Meanwhile, the visit to China will take place within the framework of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with the ‘Asian Giant’, which began on February 19, 1972, and in the midst of marked tension between the Chinese government and the White House, then United States President Joe Binden declared a boycott of the Winter Olympics.

The agenda in Moscow

In Russia, Fernández will hold the postponed bilateral meeting with Putin to review “collaboration on the issue of vaccines, investments, science and other issues of common interest,” according to Cerruti.

On November 7, both presidents spoke for half an hour to catch up on the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

In that telephone meeting, the Argentine president valued “the cooperation between both nations when facing the global challenge” that the Covid-19 pandemic implies.

Argentina was one of the first countries to authorize the application of the Sputnik-V vaccine, with which the vaccination campaign began in the country.

In fact, 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.

At the February 3 meeting, the two leaders are expected to advance “the Russian-Argentine strategic partnership and practical cooperation in various fields,” according to a Kremlin press release.

Fernández and Putin expected to meet at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Rome, but the Russian president announced 11 days before the meeting that he would participate via videoconference.

On that tour, between October 30 and November 2, the head of state also participated in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP) 26 in Glasgow.

Although the frustrated meeting ended in part with the telephone conversation last November, Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero managed to coordinate with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, a visit by representatives of the Russian Fund for Direct Investment -which financed the production of Sputnik- V– and business executives and representatives of Russian banks. Meeting that took place on December 7 last in Buenos Aires.

The agenda in the Asian giant

On that European tour to participate in the G20 and COP26, Foreign Minister Cafiero confirmed Fernández’s trip to China “to accentuate trade.” “We have a binational treatment commission regarding trade issues and one of the points was that it return to work quickly,” the foreign minister had pointed out.

Cafiero explained that on the agenda of both countries is the idea of ​​advancing on issues such as the knowledge economy, trade agreements, and strengthening the presence of Argentina in China.

China alternates with Brazil as the main destination for the country’s exports and has markedly increased its presence in investments in agribusiness, energy and infrastructure in Argentina since the strategic association agreement signed by the administration of Néstor Kirchner, when Fernández was head of Cabinet.

On November 4, two days after the European tour, Fernández participated in the inauguration of the fourth edition of the China International Import Expo (CIIE) through a recorded message from Casa Rosada.

At that time, the President called for “greater efforts to achieve a more open, fair and balanced trade”, and considered it “essential to address international trade with a ‘win-win’ perspective”, as he described the bilateral trade between both countries.

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