Chilean President to arrive in Moscow to strengthen bilateral ties
Moscow | Tuesday, Mar 24 2009 IST
In a further sign of reviving Soviet-era relations with Latin American countries, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will pay a visit to Russia on April 2-4 to strengthen trade and economic cooperation, including in energy.
”The visit will result in signing several agreements,” Latin American Department director in Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexander Dogadin told RIA Novosti today.
Mr Dogadin said Moscow expected ”a lot from the visit,” adding, ”The Chilean side is preparing for this event very seriously.” A source in the Chilean Embassy in Moscow said the sides are expected to sign agreements on trade, economic, scientific and cultural cooperation. Ms Bachelet will first arrive in St Petersburg on April 2, and the next day will leave for Moscow to attend the Russian-Chilean business forum. She will hold talks with her Russian counterpart on April 4. Last year, Russian-Chilean trade reached 380 million dollars, with Russian exports, mostly machinery, worth 20 million dollars.
Chile exports agricultural goods, wine, fruit and seafood. Chilean Deputy Foreign Minister Alberto Van Klaveren, who visited Russia in December 2008, said Chile was interested in cooperating with Russia in the energy sphere. ”We are very interested in developing energy cooperation with Russia and are ready to conclude agreements on long-term supplies of oil and gas to the country,” Mr Klaveren said. Chile imports almost all of the oil and gas it consumes.