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Argentina’s largest province interested in developing relations with Russia

Senator Juan Manuel Pignocco said the country is interested in the spheres of infrastructure, security, cyber security, energy industry, culture and sports

BUENOS AIRES, October 25. /TASS/. Argentina’s Buenos Aires Province is interested in developing relations with Russia in various spheres, said Juan Manuel Pignocco, senator of the Legislative Assembly of Buenos Aires Province and head of the Commission for International Trade, Mercosur Issues and Regional Integration Policy in a conversation with Russian journalists.

"We would like to develop relations in a wide range of areas: infrastructure, security, cyber security, energy industry, culture and sports. The interest is great," he said at the opening of the photo exhibition of the Russian Geographic Society dubbed "The Most Beautiful Planet" in the Senate building in Buenos Aires Province in the city of La Plata.

"Our relations with the current government are not just good: Russia is a fraternal nation to us. We have common values and views on multilateralism," he noted.

There is not enough "political will" to implement the entire potential of relations between Russia and Buenos Aires Province, Pignocco said. "It is just necessary to sit down and reach an agreement in order to further move forward more confidently and firmly," Pignocco added.

As a senator, he forwarded the initiative to annually hold events devoted to relations between Buenos Aires Province and Russia, he said. He also suggested a memorial plaque for first female cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova be mounted in one of the region’s municipalities.

In addition, in February the lawmakers are going to hold an event devoted to the second anniversary of the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in Cuba. "It was a historic event. It unites us not just in terms of religion, but also because Pope Francis is an Argentinian," Pignocco said.