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Russian-Argentinian relations reach highest in history — Russian deputy foreign minister

October 22, 2015, 8:37 UTC+3 BUENOS AIRES
Regarding the economy and investments, Moscow and Buenos Aires are on the threshold of implementing major projects, especially in the nuclear and electrical energy, Srgey Ryabkov notes
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BUENOS AIRES, October 22. /TASS/. Relations between Russia and Argentina have reached the highest degree of efficiency over their whole history, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS on Wednesday.

"The relations are as good as new now," Ryabkov said. "Now we are getting to the best period from the point of view of efficiency and positive sentiments."

Both countries have been developing contacts in all spheres, he said.

"Our stances in a political dialogue are close and we share a rather meaty agenda," the deputy foreign minister said. "As for the economy and investments, we are on the threshold of implementing major projects, especially in the nuclear and electrical energy."

Russia and Argentina are engaged in common cultural projects: tours of celebrated artists, exhibitions, reciprocal days of culture and numerous festivals.

Along with this, Ryabkov said the two countries "exert efforts to reform the global finance system."

"All these issues on bilateral agenda comprise an overwhelming strategic partnership," he said.

Last April, Argentinian President Cristina de Kirchner paid a visit to Russia. The heads of state put their signatures under a joint statement establishing the overwhelming strategic partnership and also under other 20 agreements. In particular, the Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom and Argentinian Ministry of Federal Planning, Public Investment and Services signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the construction of a nuclear power plant in the South American country.

Diplomatic relations between the Russian Empire and Argentina were established on October 22, 1885, terminated in October 1917, and resumed between the USSR and Argentina in 1946. In December 1991, Argentina recognized the Russian Federation as successor of the USSR.

Thus, in 2015 Russia and Argentina mark the 130th anniversary since diplomatic relations were established.On that day the Russian Empire’s foreign ministry appointed Alexander Ionin, a writer and traveller exploring South America, the ambassador to Argentina.

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