December 21, 2014
Russia invites Argentina to BRICS summit, ratifies support in Malvinas case
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman met in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergi Lavrov who confirmed a formal invitation to Argentina to take part in a BRICS summit to be held in Brazil next month. The Kremlin also ratified its support to Buenos Aires in its long-standing dispute against the United Kingdom over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands.
According to official reports, Timerman “thanked very specially the ratification of Russia’s support” to Argentina which has been calling London to abide by the UN resolutions that urge both parties to sit at the negotiating table and discuss the sovereignty of the British-seized territories.
Meanwhile, Levrov’s office confirmed the invitation to Argentina to attend a summit of the so called BRICS countries – Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa -, in social media. Furthermore, minister Levrov said Russian leader Vladimir Putin will likely meet with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and other Latin American heads of state during Putin’s upcoming visit to the region.
Today's gathering took place at the Spiridonovka Palace in Russia's Foreign Ministry where Argentina’s Timerman assured the “strategic association” between both countries “is based in a common vision about the essence of international relations, values and objectives of common well-being that both nations are building.”
The officials were reported to have discussed both the global and regional situation, “assuming that international conflicts have a sustainable solution” if political leaders work toward “the strengthening of a solid multilateral system based in cooperation and mutual collaboration and the non-intervention in states' domestic affairs through economic, political or military means.”
Buenos Aires informed as well that Timerman “stressed Argentina’s position against double-standard” messages, alluding to the condemnation of Western powers of the referendum recently held in Crimea while same sectors supported the 2012 voting in the Malvinas Islandas where inhabitants there reaffirmed their decision to remain British.
At the Moscow gathering, Héctor Timerman and Sergi Levrov signed a Joint Declaration over the deployment of weapons, thus ratifying their pro-disarmament and anti-proliferation stance.
“Regarding economic relations, the necessary aspects to continue intensifying bilateral trade, promoting as well investment and joint projects, were also addressed,” it was officially reported, with Minister Timerman highlighting the “growing south-south cooperation Argentina carries out” and “proposing to include Russia in triangular cooperation projects” which Levrov considered “an excellent opportunity for joint cooperation, specially for Latin America and Africa.”