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Russian, Uruguayan leaders to discuss economic, cultural ties

During the meeting of the two heads of state on February 16, it is planned to discuss the entire array of issues of the Russian-Uruguayan cooperation

MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with his Uruguayan counterpart, Tabare Vazquez, on cooperation in trade, economy and culture on Thursday, the Kremlin press service reported.

"President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Tabare Vazquez, will pay an official visit to Moscow on February 15-17 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin," the press service said. "During the meeting of the two heads of state on February 16, it is planned to discuss the entire array of issues of the Russian-Uruguayan cooperation."

The Kremlin noted that special attention is expected to be paid to prospects for expanding trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian ties, stepping up foreign policy cooperation within various international organizations, primarily the UN, and regional integration associations. A number of bilateral documents are to be signed after the talks.

Uruguay’s Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Tabare Aguerre, earlier told TASS that "almost half of the government of the South American republic will visit Moscow" together with Vazquez. In addition to Aguerre, the delegation will include Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Economy and Finance Minister Danilo Astori, Transport Minister Victor Rossi, Minister of Housing Eneida de Leon and Industry, Energy and Mining Minister Carolina Kosse.

According to Aguerre, the Uruguayan delegation is expected to meet with representatives of several Russian ministries, including the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture. The delegation also includes Uruguayan entrepreneurs who are planning to hold negotiations with potential partners and investors in Russia.

Uruguay, which is currently a major supplier of agricultural products to Russia, is also interested in developing cooperation with Russia in other areas, in addition to trade in food products. Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural Research earlier signed an agreement on cooperation with the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

According to the press service of the Russian Agriculture Ministry, during a meeting the Russian Deputy Agriculture Minister Yevgeny Gromyko held in Moscow on February 6, Aguerre "expressed interest in developing scientific and technical cooperation in the agricultural sector and cooperation in fisheries."