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    Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:01 pm

    Without a doubt, Russia’s alliances in Latin America are part of a greater geopolitical game. Yet, it should not be forgotten why there is so much resentment within the region against the U.S. Perhaps, the displeasure is the consequence of decades of U.S. intervention in Latin American affairs in order to maintain strategic interests. Russia has been accused by numerous editorial writers of possessing too much leverage over Latin American; it is understandable, if not forgivable, that Washington perceives Russian-Latin American relations as incursions into the U.S.’ vicinity of interest, no matter how archaic such thinking may be. Inarguably, Russia has “bought” the interest of Latin American governments that are not totally committed to Washington’s policies; it has furnished the region with investments in energy infrastructure, strengthened military capabilities, and provided means to combat drug trafficking.


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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  GarryB on Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:30 am

    It is further evidence of Americas double standards... Russia is not allowed a sphere or "backyard" even on its borders in Europe or anywhere else. The US should not be allowed the same.

    I rather suspect most of central and south america are sick of being told what they can or cannot do from Washington.

    Washington has protected the region from nothing really... except if you count Europe... except they didn't really lift a finger to help Argentina in its campaign to get the Malvinas back, yet at the same time the US has blocked most efforts at improving arms... the standard central and south american fighter has been a Skyhawk or F-5 or very early model F-16 or Mirage. You also get the feeling that along with limiting their military force the US has used its position to limit economic and political growth there too.

    The cold war is over and I think Russia should do what they want and where they want. There is huge potential for trade and good relations that benefit Russia and the region itself... perhaps they can demand that the US starts naming itself more accurately... the United States of North America that does not include Canada. I mean a single province of Canada could split up into several states and then become a republic and call themselves the united states of America... just as various central and south american countries can do the same. Very arrogant of the US to proclaim itself as the only republic of those two continents.


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    Russia - Brazil partnership: News

    Post  George1 on Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:54 am

    Putin: Brazil is one of Russia's key partners in Latin America

    QUESTION: How do you assess the status and prospects of the strategic partnership between Russia and Brazil? What key issues and specific proposals are you planning to discuss in Brasilia?
    Russian president to visit Cuba, Argentina, Brazil during Latin America tour

    VLADIMIR PUTIN: Our bilateral cooperation is of strategic importance, as Brazil is a responsible member of the international community whose political influence is steadily increasing; it is also the largest country in Latin America and one of the leading economies in the world. It is enough to mention its active participation in BRICS, the G20 and a number of Latin American regional organisations (CELAC, MERCOSUR, UNASUR).

    We support Brazil as a deserving and strong candidate for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. I am sure that this powerful and fast-developing country is destined to play an important role in the emerging polycentric world order.

    I want to emphasise that Brazil is one of Russia's key partners in Latin America. We have long-standing relations of friendship, mutual respect and trust. We are actively developing political dialogue, defence, scientific, technological and humanitarian cooperation, as well as economic and investment ties.

    Over the last ten years, bilateral trade has grown almost three-fold and reached $5.5 billion in 2013. Our companies maintain close contacts through the Brazil-Russia Business Council. The citizens of our countries no longer need visas to travel. Dozens of Russia's best universities that joined Brazilian educational programme Science without Borders are ready to welcome students from Brazil. Cultural exchanges have become a regular practice.

    During the visit, we want to discuss areas for further developing cooperation and to outline new joint projects in energy, investment, innovation, agriculture, science and technology. We plan to sign a large package of documents relating to a variety of industries, including between specialised agencies, public and private companies, and research and educational institutions.

    QUESTION: The current level of economic and trade relations between Russia and Brazil is far below the potential that has been proclaimed by the countries' leaders. What steps do you consider necessary to accelerate the realisation of this potential? What are the obstacles that slow us down and prevent us from taking bilateral trade to a completely new level?

    VLADIMIR PUTIN: Indeed, despite the good results achieved, there is still an untapped potential in trade and economic cooperation with Brazil. Moreover, there was a decrease in bilateral trade (3.3% in 2013), caused by global economic instability. In order to address the situation we need to diversify our trade ties by increasing the share of high-tech products and engineering goods, as well as by developing cooperation in aviation, energy and agriculture.

    Russian companies are interested in the Brazilian market. Our countries' businesses have launched a number of successful investment projects in energy, engineering and pharmaceutical industries. For example, Russia’s Rosneft and the Brazilian HRT oil and gas company are jointly exploring and producing hydrocarbons in the Solimões river basin. In the state of Santa Catarina, the Power Machines corporation is setting up production of hydro turbines of up to 100 MW for their subsequent delivery to the markets of Brazil and other MERCOSUR countries. BIOCAD is developing a research, education and training centre in Brazil, designed to produce modern innovative medicines for the treatment of cancer.

    I am sure that such projects will help bring our bilateral trade and economic cooperation to a more mature level, which meets the current and future capabilities of our developing countries.

    QUESTION: Brazil will pass the baton of hosting a world football championship to Russia. Are you following the FIFA World Cup? Which part of Brazil's experience in preparing and hosting the event has attracted your attention and can be taken on board while organising the 2018 World Cup?

    VLADIMIR PUTIN: I try to follow the World Cup as far as my work schedule allows. The Latin American countries’ teams have put on a display of football that has real flare and talent. Unfortunately, our team did not leave the group, but, in my opinion, they tried their best.

    At the invitation of Brazil and FIFA Presidents, I am going to visit the final match of the Championship to attend the ceremony of passing the baton from Brazil to Russia. In 2018, Russia will host this most popular global sporting event for the first time in its history.

    In February-March, we successfully hosted the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi and know exactly what a challenge it is to organise such a huge event. We are analysing Brazil’s experience very carefully. Your country is yet to host the Olympic Games in 2016. Representatives of several ministries and organisations, including the Ministry of Sports and the Russia-2018 Organising Committee, are in constant contact with Brazilian colleagues. They have already visited Brazil and I am sure they will go there again more than once.

    It is worth noting that Russia plans to take the FIFA World Cup a step further in some areas. For example, we passed a federal law establishing a special visa regime for foreigners who help organise the 2018 Championship, and enabling not only the official participants, such as the athletes, referees, coaches and others, but also the fans to visit Russia without visas right before and during the competition. The history of football championships has never seen anything like this before.

    I am sure that the World Cup in Brazil will be a bright page in the history of football. I wish the Brazilian organisers every success in completing it. As for us, in 2018, we will do everything possible to give the world an unforgettable football celebration and show genuine Russian hospitality.

    QUESTION: How much attention will be paid during the talks in Latin America to the issues of the modern world order, which enables some players on the international arena to unilaterally claim significantly more extensive rights, including to spy even on those leaders that they call partners and to hack their phones?

    VLADIMIR PUTIN: The 21st century world is globalised and interdependent. Therefore, no state or group of countries can unilaterally tackle major international problems and any attempts to build a separate “oasis of stability and security” are doomed to failure.

    In order to meet numerous challenges and threats we have to stop trying to impose development models on other countries. This approach has repeatedly proven its ineffectiveness. It does not just fail to facilitate conflict resolution, but leads to instability and chaos in international affairs.

    Today, it is especially important to consolidate the international community’s efforts to ensure equal and indivisible security, as well as to resolve disputes trough the application of international law and with the central coordinating role of the UN.

    As for the facts of cyber espionage that you mentioned, it not only amounts to overt hypocrisy in relationships between allies and partners, but also a direct violation of the state's sovereignty, an infringement on human rights and an invasion of privacy. We are looking forward to jointly developing an international information security system.
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:35 am

    Russia Places Emphasis on Developing Strategic Partnership with Brazil - Putin

    BRASILIA, July 15 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin underlined the extraordinary constructive atmosphere of the Russian-Brazilian talks, saying they reflected in full the spirit of mutual understanding established between the countries.

    “Our relations are an example of openness and equality of rights,” Putin said during the luncheon arranged by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in honor of her Russian counterpart.

    “I once again was convinced that our Brazilian friends are set to strengthen ties with Russia, closely cooperate with us on the world arena, including the UN, G20 and other international organizations,” Putin said, noting that “our countries have similar positions on key international issues, together they bear up the principles of the multipolar world.”

    According to the Russian president, “Russia and Brazil have truly huge economic potential” and already have a track record of “a whole range of successful investment projects, including those in the energy sector, engineering manufacture, pharmaceuticals industry.”

    “Of course, we are interested in moving further, deepening the industrial cooperation in the high-technology spheres, such as informatics, biotechnologies, aircraft engineering, space industry,” Putin said.

    “We are ready to create most comfortable working conditions for Brazilian companies in the Russian market,” the president noted.

    Commenting on the topic of humanitarian relations and sport, in particular the baton of hosting the World Cup picked up by Russia, Putin said that “Brazil as a country that organized the event, as a host, raised the bar very high, and we will have to do a lot to keep the bar on this level.”

    Russian President assured that based on the Brazilian experience Russia “is ready to do everything to hold the 2018 World Cup in a way that football fans all over the world expect.”

    “We are ready for the close cooperation in all spheres in the best interests of our nations and states and I am convinced that we can do a lot if we combine our efforts,” Russian leader concluded.

    President Putin met his Brazilian counterpart as part of his Latin American tour. On July 15-16, the Russian leader is due to attend a meeting of the BRICS nations also including India, China and South Africa, in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza.
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:19 pm

    Russian Railways to bid for Brazil railroad construction

    FORTALEZA, July 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Railways in consortium with a Brazilian company plans to take part in a tender on the construction of railroads in Brazil, Vice President Alexander Misharin said late Tuesday at the BRICS summit.

    The tender will be held for six sites, and Russian Railways has not yet chosen a tender for participation, Misharin said. He also said that the company may establish a separate office in Brazil to act as an engineering company.

    “The railroads here will be constructed on the basis of concession. A preliminary contest will be held in summer. There is a partner here, with whom we will possibly participate,” Misharin said.

    He said that under the concession agreements 70% will be paid by the national bank, while 30% will be provided by the concessioners. The government will buy all the transportation volumes through a special company. Russian Railways can become the railroad’s operator in the future.
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:22 am

    Russia plans to boost food imports from Uruguay

    MOSCOW, August 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s federal veterinary and phytosanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor plans to increase the number of food importers from Uruguay licensed to supply lamb, beef, pork and dairy products to the country , spokeswoman Yulia Trofimova said after talks between Russian officials and representatives from Uruguay.

    “Uruguay told us, among other things, that they were going to make the most of the opened opportunities to increase exports of their products,” Trofimova said, adding that the Russian agency also planned to sign a separate agreement with Uruguayan officials on supplies of high-quality beef.
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:17 am

    EU to urge Latin America not to export food to Russia
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  GarryB on Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:55 pm

    Translation... EU is getting petty and will impose sanctions on countries that don't morally punish Russia for acting against the interests of the west...

    Hahahahaha... the EU is hoping that the latin american countries will show solidarity with the west and support the Kiev Junta... and not take advantage of the situation and sell their products in Russia and steal the wests customer... a customer they are clearly trying to starve.


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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  Werewolf on Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:05 pm

    GarryB wrote:Translation... EU is getting petty and will impose sanctions on countries that don't morally punish Russia for acting against the interests of the west...

    Hahahahaha... the EU is hoping that the latin american countries will show solidarity with the west and support the Kiev Junta... and not take advantage of the situation and sell their products in Russia and steal the wests customer... a customer they are clearly trying to starve.

    What i really would love to see in a century is when the US empire is gone and zionism is destroyed that North American Continent and Europe can not bully around South American,Middle Eastern,Asian and African countries and they start to develope under non tyrannical conditions and become what they should always be in the first place, prosperous countries that are the main supplier of resources, so far Europe and NA have nothing provided to the table except looting and raping countries for their own development with resources of others. And NA and Europe get the status of being what they always were, uncivilized barbarians that have nothing to offer.
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  GarryB on Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:07 am

    Yes... I suffer from a bit of white shame... oh the west will dress it up as bringing civilisation to the natives but it was really all about finding and securing resources for yourself and your country to give your empire an advantage over the other empires of Europe.

    Perhaps in 100 years time historians can be a bit less Euro centric and a bit more honest and balanced about things.

    BTW related to that there was a brilliant documentary on the History channel.... yeah I know... the history channel and brilliant documentary... hasn't happened in a while.

    It was Oliver Stones history of the US and I thought it was outstanding. it was not anti American at all, but it didn't just look at the American point of view but had a balanced well rounded point of view.

    ie Japan didn't just out of the blue attack Pearl Harbour for little or no reason... after years of crippling sanctions and also trying to go into Siberia and being stopped that they invaded the Pacific for the resources that the British and US blockades prevented them from trading legally and peacefully.


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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:42 am

    Faced with Western Sanctions, Russia Turns South

    Russia imposed its own bans on agricultural products from North America and Europe, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, milk dairy products, fruits and vegetables, which will directly benefit many Latin American coutnries.

    For months, Western leaders have been accusing Russia of meddling in Ukraine. Despite blatant support for Ukraine's new leadership – including far-right political groups – by the same Western leaders, the accusations of Russia “destabilising Ukraine” have escalated from rhetoric to actions.

    Russia has had sudden, severe economic sanctions placed on it by the United States and the European Union. Within half a year, Russia has found itself estranged from partnerships it had been cultivating since the end of the Cold War. While the souring of relations began with Russia's refusal to allow Western aggressions against Syria, its incorporation of Crimea into its territory following the overwhelming referendum in the autonomous republic, confirmed the new east-west schism.

    The sanctions, which hit Russian agricultural, military, financial and political sectors, are meant as a “strong warning.”

    As they showed during the Syria situation when they were similarly 'warned', the government of Vladimir Putin was prepared to not only weather measures against it by the West but also ready to respond in kind.

    Last week, Russia imposed its own bans on agricultural products from North America and Europe, placing a one-year ban on products from the West including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, milk, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. Russia had grown to become the world's biggest consumer of EU fruit and vegetables, as well as the second largest purchaser of U.S. poultry. The ban may hit the European Union alone for up to $16 billion in export losses, according to Russian estimates.

    Fresh off the heals of an extensive Latin American tour that included the BRICS Summit in Brazil, Russia is looking to shift its procurement to new markets, especially its allies in South America who have a lot to offer in produce, thanks to the rich biodiversity of the region.

    While the potential increases in exports – as well as their value – are still being negotiated, the likely exports from Latin America to Russia represent a potential boom for Latin American agriculture.

    Argentina


    Russia and Argentina already have strong trade relations. In 2013, trade between the two countries reached US$2.6 billion, a 16 percent growth from the previous year. Argentine officials have said they plan to double bilateral trade in 2014, with the hope of exceeding US$5 billion. In the first quater of 2014, over 27 tonnes of meat were shipped to Russia. Besides meat, Russia imports Argentinian pears, grapes, apples, citrus fruits, beef, peanuts, butter, and cheese.

    Brazil


    Brazilian exports to Russia in 2012 totaled US$3.14 billion, with Russia as the 2nd largest buyer of Brazilian beef. Other agricultural exports from Brazil to Russia include sugar, soy, coffee, orange juice and bananas. Brazilian meat producers are already preparing for increased exports. Ninety new Brazilian plants have received approval to export beef, chicken and pork to Russia.


    Chile


    In 2013, Chilean exports to Russia equaled US$567 million in agricultural products including salmon, trout, fruit, gelatin, pork, and wine. Chile also exports a wide array of fruits such as grapes, avocadoes, berries, plums, and kiwis.

    Ecuador


    While current Ecuadorian exports to Russia - including bananas, cut flower, coffee and tea – have not been significant (just US$817,000 in 2013), in the first five months of 2014, Russia imported 580,000 tons of bananas and 9,300 tons of roses from Ecuador.

    Uruguay

    Uruguay is also looking to get into the Russian meat market, although it currently exports fish, dairy products and fruits. Agricultural exports represent 88 percent of all exports to Russia.
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:32 pm

    Russian watchdog to allow 6 Brazilian companies to import pork

    MOSCOW, August 14. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control will publish a list of Brazilian companies approved for importing pork on Thursday, spokeswoman Yulia Trofimova told ITAR-TASS late Wednesday.

    “There were only two pork producers on the list. We are planning to open four more companies,” Trofimova said.

    On August 6, the service said it approved imports by 91 Brazilian companies, including 31 beef byproduct suppliers, 27 poultry and beef meat suppliers, four suppliers of pork and pork byproducts and three suppliers of milk and dairy products. Previously only about 50 Brazilian companies had the right to import to Russia.

    Trofimova also said that after talks with the Chilean ambassador, the service approved imports of 12 fish producers and lifted the ban from two fish companies, while six companies expressed their willingness to increase fish supplies to the country.
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    Post  George1 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:12 am

    Russia Looking to Ecuador to Fill Import Gap
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:09 pm

    Gazprom to start oil production in Brazil and increase presence in Bolivia

    Gazprom International, a subsidiary of Russian oil and gas giant Gazprom, plans to increase its presence in South America. The company is in negotiations to purchase a stake in Brazil’s offshore oilfields, and within a year it plans to start production at gas fields in Bolivia.
    Gazprom International, a subsidiary of Russian oil and gas giant Gazprom, plans to expand its presence in South America. According to Reuters, the decision was announced by Shakarbek Osmonov, the director of Gazprom Brazil. Osmonov stated that the company is in talks to buy stakes in Brazilian offshore fields and plans to start production at gas fields in Bolivia in a year. In particular, the company is interested in a Brazilian field where exploration is underway; however, the precise identity of the field remains unknown. The company will start gas production in Bolivia in 2016.

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    “Latin America is rich in hydrocarbons, which interests Gazprom. Gazprom International, a subsidiary engaged in international projects, will undertake gas production,” said Ivan Kapitonov, deputy head of the department for state economic regulation at the Russian Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration.

    According to Kapitonov, “this solution makes it possible for Gazprom to diversify its resource base and expand its presence in a region that is highly attractive in terms of demand.” He added that given the fact that this is a joint project with Gazprom’s European partners, “it is possible to not only share in the revenue from the activity, but also the technologies that are so necessary during the sanction period.” French company Total is a key partner for Gazprom in Bolivia. According to Investkafe analyst Gregory Birg, in 2008 Gazprom, Total, and Bolivian state YPFB signed a service contract for exploration and production at Bolivia’s Acero field, which has reserves estimated at 51 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas, with $1 billion to be invested. In addition, there are two other fields that have been explored, with around 176 bcm of gas and 15 million tons of condensate. Gazprom is a minority shareholder, with a 20 percent stake in these fields, while Argentine-Italian Tecpetrol holds another 20 percent and Total owns 60 percent. Russian Economic Ministry downgrades forecast for 2014 Russian Economic Ministry downgrades forecast for 2014 “At a time when the world’s hydrocarbon reserves are being depleted, almost every company is seeking to increase their reserves in one way or another, in order to continue activities in the future,” said Dmitry Baranov from investment holding firm Finam Management. According to Baranov, the Latin American countries have gambled on speeding up development, which means that in the coming years they will need a lot more oil and gas. “Cooperation with Latin American countries will strengthen political and economic relations with Russia and increase the level of trust in relationships. In addition, Russian companies will be able to replicate their experience there in other regions of the world,” he added. The global context According to Gazprom’s press service, Latin America is a promising region for the company. In February 2007, the company signed an agreement with Brazil’s Petrobras to cooperate in hydrocarbon exploration, production, transportation, and marketing. Of principal significance was the development of offshore fields, but the production of liquefied natural gas is included in Gazprom’s planning. Gazprom is also developing similar projects in Venezuela. In September 2008, Russia’s gas giant and local company PDVSA signed a memorandum of understanding on the Blanquilla Este y Tortuga project, which entails exploration and the production of natural gas offshore on the Venezuelan shelf, supply to the domestic market, liquefaction, and export. However, with the sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States and the European Union, experts believe that Gazprom’s cooperation with Brazil has taken on new meaning. UK proposes cutting Russia off from SWIFT international banking system UK proposes cutting Russia off from SWIFT international banking system “Widening cooperation between Russia and the BRICS countries amid increasing sanctions is a logical, sequential process. Up until the Ukrainian crisis and the ensuing policy of confrontation by Western countries, Russia had given preference to Western companies over the BRICS [the term used for the group of countries comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – RBTH],” Kapitonov said. However, he added that sanctions banning exports of certain types of oil and gas equipment to Russia have given new impetus to projects in Russia and the BRICS countries that may have been planned long ago but had yet to start for a variety of reasons.

    Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines - http://rbth.co.uk/business/2014/09/09/gazprom_to_start_oil_production_in_brazil_and_increase_presence_in_b_39647.html)
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    Post  George1 on Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:35 am

    Central America to Strengthen Ties with Russia

    During Central American independence celebrations in Moscow this week, Guatemala's ambassador highlighted the region's achievements.

    Central American nations looked to strengthen their ties with Russia during Central American independence celebrations held by Moscow. For the second consecutive year, Central American nations have formally attended diplomatic acts held by the Russian government.

    Central America Invites Russian Investment and Diplomacy

    During the commemorations, Guatemalan ambassador Estuardo Meneses Coronado spoke about regional integration, referring to the achievements of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and its relationship with Russia. SICA was founded in 1993 and is a political and economic organization of Central American States.

    Meneses reiterated the regional body's invitation to Russia to join as an extra-regional observer of the Central American institution.

    He also emphasized Central America's hopes to expand commercial opportunities and investment with Russia in areas such as education, health, science, technology, security, culture, tourism and the environment.

    Similarly, he recognized the cooperation that Russia offers Central America through the Russian Training Center in Nicaragua for security forces. Russia also provides scholarships for Central Americans to study at the center.

    Meneses acknowledged that the majority of SICA members have embassies in Moscow permitting reciprocal diplomatic relations.

    SICA countries include Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Panama. Regional and extra-regional observer states include Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Haiti, Peru, Uruguay, United States, Taiwan, Spain, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, South Korea, France, United Kingdom and the Vatican.

    Russia and Honduras Sign Diplomatic Agreement

    Meanwhile, Honduras signed a new agreement with Russia, allowing citizens of both countries to travel without visa for a period of 90 days (extendable to 180 days).

    The Russian Foreign Relations Minister Serguei Lavrov and his Honduran counterpart Mireya Aguero signed the agreement during a meeting at the United Nations in New York on Friday.

    Russia already has similar travel agreements with other South American countries such as Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Guayana and Panama. Russian president Vladimir Putin toured several Latin American nations this year including Nicaragua, to strengthen diplomatic relations with the region.
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    Post  George1 on Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:43 am

    Contacts with Peruvian president to help Russia join interesting projects in Latin America

    Peru is Russia’s long-standing and reliable partner, the Russian president said after talks with the Peruvian leader held in a narrow format.

    “I am sure that your visit will give a new good impetus to our bilateral relations. It will help Russia to join interesting and long-term processes in Latin America,” Putin said.

    The Russian head of state added that Russia had always shown interest in the life and history of Latin America. He gave a hearty welcome to his Latin American guest who is paying his first official visit to Moscow and wished him a nice time in Russia.

    “I am sure that your visit will be busy and will be filled with meaningful content, which will open up new opportunities for developing our bilateral ties,” Putin concluded.

    President Ollanta Humala, in turn, said that his visit to Russia was extremely important and that the Russian-Peruvian ties had been long and fruitful.

    “My visit to Russia confirms the desire of my government and my country to strengthen and develop friendship and cooperation between our countries,” President Humala stressed.

    He added that several treaties were expected to be signed after today’s talks. It is the result of fruitful work that has been under way for the past few years, the Peruvian leader said adding that he hoped that the signing of those documents would help deepening economic and trade relations between Russia and Peru.

    “I assume that Latin America, including Peru, is at that stage (of development) that allows us to enhance our relations in the region on the whole and improve our bilateral relations with Russia,” he said.
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    Post  George1 on Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:44 am

    Putin notes Russia-Peru common positions on many global issues

    Contacts with Peruvian president to help Russia join interesting projects in Latin America

    “I’ll note with satisfaction that the exchange of views confirmed common positions of Russia and Peru on many principled issues of the global agenda. Due to this, we agreed to more closely coordinate our efforts on the world arena,” Putin said.

    The talks mainly focused on international issues, he said, adding that the meeting touched on cooperation of both countries within the APEC format. “Russia also showed interest in the joint work with Latin American integration structures,” Putin said.

    The parties discussed joint steps towards counteracting drug trafficking. “There is the base for this. Russian specialists have opened training courses for drug policemen in South America in the Peruvian capital of Lima. Over 115 people from nine states have undergone training,” Putin said.

    He said both countries had big plans in industrial cooperation. A joint venture to assemble buses is being set up with KAMAZ participation. AvtoVAZ takes good positions on the Peruvian market. Russian Helicopters promotes the Mi and Ka helicopters in Peru and the United Aircraft Corporation holds talks on supplies of civil aircraft.
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    Post  George1 on Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:46 am

    Russia, Chile to Boost Cooperation on Agricultural Supplies: Kremlin's Spokesman

    BEIJING, November 9 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chilean counterpart Michelle Bachelet agreed to boost the countries' cooperation on agricultural supplies at a meeting in Beijing, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Sunday.

    "Russia has made a proposal that [Chilean] agricultural producers should set competitive prices," Dmitry Peskov said adding "the leaders have agreed to cooperate."

    Besides the agricultural partnership, the presidents discussed joint exploration of Antarctica, according to Peskov.

    Over the past few months, the European Union and the United States have imposed several rounds of sanctions on Russia over its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis. The sanctions are mostly targeting Russia's largest banks, energy and defense companies, as well as some individuals.

    In August, Russia responded with introducing a one-year ban on certain food imports, including meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables. Since crisis in Russia's relations with the West, Moscow has prompted its economic cooperation with the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
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    Post  George1 on Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:11 pm

    Ambassador Says Producers To Start Exporting Bananas to Russia From Mexico
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    Post  GarryB on Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:18 am

    It will be very interesting when the import ban on EU and Northern American food imports expires whether there will be a demand to fill... they are clearly looking elsewhere for trade partners and finding them... will they want to go back to western sources?


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    Post  George1 on Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:47 am

    Russia’s, Bolivia’s upper parliament houses to sign cooperation agreement in 2015

    For the first time, at least in the 21st century, a Russian delegation took part in the inauguration ceremony of the Bolivian president

    BOGOTA, January 24. /TASS/. Russia’s Federation Council upper parliament house and Bolivia’s Senate plan to sign in 2015 an agreement on inter-parliamentary cooperation, Ilyas Umakhanov, deputy Federation Council speaker, told TASS after a visit to Bolivia to attend the inauguration ceremony of Bolivian President Evo Morales.

    “For the first time, at least in the 21st century, a Russian delegation took part in the inauguration ceremony of the Bolivian president,” Umakhanov said. “It was a key purpose of our visit. Apart from that, we were tasked to invigorate Russian-Bolivian inter-parliamentary contact.”

    “We met with the new speaker of the Senate of the Bolivia’s Plurinational Legislative Assembly Eugenio Rojas Apaza and handed over to him a message from /Russia’s Federation Council speaker/ Valentina Matviyenko, where she invited her colleague to visit Russia in 2015,” the Russian lawmaker said. “Rojas accepted this invitation and we agreed that when he came on a visit to Russia, we will sign a cooperation agreement between Russia’s Federation Council and Bolivia’s House of Senators.”

    “We also agree to coordinate our efforts within other international formats, including the Latin American Parliament, which is actively cooperating with the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States /CIS/,” he underscored. “In the context of bilateral cooperation, an agreement was reached on keeping a parliamentary control over two major issues - mutual recognition of higher education diplomas and vise-free travels for the two countries’ citizens. Taking into account a stable growth in the number of Bolivian students at Russia’s universities, our parliaments should waste no time to prepare and ratify these documents.”.
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    Post  George1 on Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:17 pm

    Russia's Power Machines acquires 51% stake in Brazilian Fezer

    Russia’s largest power plant engineering company has thus strengthened its presence in Latin American countries

    MOSCOW, March 23. /TASS/. Power Machines, Russia’s largest power plant engineering company, acquired 51% of shares in Brazilian engineering firm Fezer in a move to strengthen its presence in Latin American countries, the company reported Monday.

    The cost of the deal was not announced.

    Fezer, founded in 1948, is focused on producing various types of woodworking machines. The new enterprise will change its name to Power Machines Fezer S/A.

    Power Machines has international experience in the field of design, manufacture and complete delivery of the equipment for thermal, nuclear, hydraulic and gas-turbine power plants. 100% of the company’s shares are owned by structures of Russian businessman Aleksei Mordashov.
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    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:22 pm

    Russia's Return in Latin America to Erode US Global Leadership

    Russia's military cooperation with the Central American states will erode US leadership and undermine its influence in the Western Hemisphere, claims an expert from the McClatchy DC News.

    Russia's military cooperation with the Central American state of Nicaragua will undermine Washington's influence in the Western Hemisphere, experts claimed.

    According to Tim Johnson, an expert in Latin America's affairs, Nicaragua is considering buying Russian MiG-29 fighter aircrafts in order to fight the drug trade in the region. However, Washington fears that the arms deal would become an "asymmetric response" to the US meddling in Ukraine and the Baltic states, right on the borders of the Russian Federation.

    "Because of the US presence in countries abutting Russia, Russia may be looking to do the same in our region," noted Carlos Rivera Bianchini, president of the Foundation for Peace and Democracy in San Jose, Costa Rica, as cited by Tim Johnson.

    Russia and the United States are currently the two largest weapons exporters in the world. While Washington is providing its weaponry to the Americas and Europe, Russia is selling its arms to Africa and Central Asia.

    However, a potential arms deal with Nicaragua could seriously undermine the established balance, noted Jeremy Bender, a columnist on an American news website, adding that Russia may use the Central American country like its predecessor, the USSR, as a player against US influence.

    "Russia is using power projection in an attempt to erode US leadership and challenge US influence in the Western Hemisphere," stressed General John Kelly, the head of US Southern Command in a congressional hearing on March 12, 2015, as quoted by Jeremy Bender.

    It should be noted that Socialist Nicaragua and the Soviet Union collaborated closely until the collapse of the USSR. However, in 2007 relations between Nicaragua and the Russian Federation started improving after Jose Daniel Ortega Saavedra won the presidential election in the Central American country.

    Since that time, Moscow boosted its cooperation with Managua, providing the country with 100,000 tons of wheat annually and bolstering bilateral programs aimed at fighting narcotics trafficking in the region. In September 2014 more than 45 Nicaraguan military cadets and officers left for extended military training in Russia.

    Tim Johnson pointed to the fact that in February 2015 while in Managua, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu signed an agreement allowing Russia's warships to enter Nicaragua's ports. The expert reminded that in January the country was visited by the head of Russia's upper house of Parliament, while President Vladimir Putin made an official state visit to Nicaragua in June 2014. On March 25, 2015, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will arrive in Nicaragua as part of a series of high-level Russian visits to the country.

    Remarkably, last week Sergei Lavrov noted that Russia would mull taking part in the military protection of Nicaragua Canal construction works if Managua sent such a request to Moscow.

    The Nicaragua Canal is meant to become a competitor to the US-controlled Panama Canal and is being constructed by the Chinese HKND Group (HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co Ltd). The project has already sparked controversy among American experts, who fear that the new interoceanic route will undermine the US' geopolitical position in South America.

    Meanwhile, Russia is strengthening its political and economic ties with its former Soviet allies, such as Cuba and Venezuela, as well as with other Latin American states. During the latest press-conference in Bogota Sergei Lavrov emphasized that Russia would welcome the integration between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and Latin America's UNASUR (The Union of South American Nations), CELAC (The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) and other unions.

    It should be also noted that Nicaragua, alongside Cuba and Venezuela, voted against a UN resolution to declare Crimea's independence referendum illegitimate.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/analysis/20150325/1019992628.html#ixzz3VQWTAgK4
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    Post  George1 on Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:12 am

    Russia-Honduras visa-free agreement to come into force soon

    Russia inks visa-free agreement with El Salvador

    Lavrov: Russia and Guatemala to strengthen cooperation in trade and humanitarian sphere

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    Post  George1 on Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:12 am

    All Central American nations ready to develop cooperation with Russia — minister

    GUATEMALA CITY, March 26. /TASS/. All the Central American countries are prepared to strengthen cooperation with Russia in a broad spectrum of spheres, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales said on Thursday upon the end of negotiations with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov.

    "We’re going to strengthen our cooperation and I’m speaking not only on behalf of Guatemala but on behalf of all the Central American nations," Morales said.

    He confirmed the reports that Russia will file an application for a non-regional observer status in the Central American Integration System (SICA) at the association’s conference underway in Guatemala.

    "That’s a crucial meeting for us that will help build up our cooperative relations in all the spheres," Morales said.

    SICA embraces Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and El Salvador.

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