Two months after the last European tour in the framework of the G20 meeting in Italy and the Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, the president Alberto Fernandez will perform one of his diplomatic trips. It will be at the beginning of February destined for Russia already China, where will meet with their peers Vladimir Putin Y Xi Jinping. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will look at this carefully since U.S, the organization’s main shareholder, maintains trade disputes Y politicians with those countries.
It is “a bilateral meeting that was pending” and “it will be precisely about collaboration on vaccines.” In addition, they specified that Fernández and Putin will meet in the Kremlin to discuss issues related to “investments and collaboration in science and issues of common interest.” The trip will be express, therefore, it will barely last “48 hours”, according to what was recorded NA.
Fernández’s trip to Moscow had been conceived at the beginning of last December, when the President met at the Casa Rosada with authorities from the Russian Direct Investment Fund and directors of companies from that country. This is the first face-to-face meeting between Fernández and Putin, given that the conversations they have had so far have been virtual.
The heads of state planned to hold a bilateral meeting during the G20 Summit that took place at the end of last October in the Italian city of Rome, but at the last minute Putin decided not to be part of the international conclave. The summit between the two leaders will take place a day before the arrival of the head of state in China, on a trip that had been scheduled for weeks, since he will participate in the official opening of the questionable Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Fernández’s trips to Moscow and Beijing will take place in the midst of the final negotiations between the Government and the IMF for the refinancing of the debt contracted during the macrismo. Despite the fact that China and Russia are two countries with which the United States, the main shareholder in the Fund, has commercial and political conflicts, the Casa Rosada assures that visits to these countries “will have no consequences” in the negotiation with the IMF.
To make matters worse, the news of the trip to Russia broke less than 48 hours after Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero flew to Washington to meet with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Will they bill Argentina from the White House?