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HANGZHOU (China), September 5. /TASS/. Argentina is Russia’s important trading and economic partner in Latin America, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a bilateral meeting with that country’s President, Mauricio Macri, on the sidelines of the G20 summit on Monday.
"We maintain active contacts between ministries and government agencies. We develop our cooperation in various areas. We maintain cooperation among the parliaments, we are cooperating closely in international and regional formats," he said.
"Argentina is our notable trade and economic partner in Latin America. Despite all the difficulties we spoke about today, trade turnover between our two countries grew 1.7% between January and June," Putin noted.
The Russian president added that he was glad to have this meeting and an opportunity to meet with his Argentine counterpart.
Taking part in the meeting on the Russian side were Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Rosatom Corporation CEO Sergey Kiriyenko, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors Alexei Miller and Rosneft head Igor Sechin. Argentina’s delegation included ministers, heads of government agencies and other high-ranking officials.