Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met with Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
9 december 2008
Transcript of the start of the meeting:
Vladimir Putin: Ms. President, dear colleagues,
Please, let me welcome you here as our guests. We are very pleased to host you, esteemed Ms President, and your whole team.
Our economic relations are making steady headway. In the last four years, our trade has increased five times over to reach $1.5 billion. We are developing traditional directions of cooperation, and creating new opportunities.
Argentina generates 20% of its electricity with Russian equipment. We could cooperate in nuclear power generation, space, and other high-tech spheres. It goes without saying that we will discuss our traditional economic ties, including those in agriculture. We are very pleased to see you.
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (as translated): I'm very pleased to be here for the first time, and to become acquainted with Mother Russia.
In fact, this is the second rather than the first time. Regrettably, we could not meet the first time because of the time difference. This time, we'll have an opportunity to discuss major aspects of our relations. It goes without saying that we will talk about everything you mentioned - space, the energy industry, and other sectors.
We would also like to thank you for the cancellation of visa requirements. This is proof of our friendship and readiness for cooperation.
Moreover, to intensify our relations in trade and other sectors, we should bring our positions closer together in the context of the new international situation. It has become necessary to do away with uni-polarity, and make international relations multi-polar. We should not depend on a uni-polar world order, which has created so many headaches recently. Among the key challenges are efforts to counter terrorism and drug trafficking.
I would also like to thank you for your attention, for supporting our position, I mean for persuading Britain to hold talks with us on the Malvinas (Falkland Islands).