At 1:00 p.m. Moscow time (7:00 a.m. in Argentina), Alberto Fernández will meet with Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin to star in a solo lunch that has no precedent in the history of diplomatic relations between Argentina and Russia. The President privileged his personal relationship with Putin and ruled out certain geopolitical pressures that recommended canceling his visit to Moscow due to Russia’s escalation of war against Ukraine.
The head of state was only traveling to Beijing at the invitation of Xi Jinping to participate in the opening of the Winter Olympics. In this context, the Casa Rosada asked the Kremlin for a meeting with Putin in Beijing, and the Russian Foreign Ministry proposed that the President visit Moscow before arriving in China.
“Yes”, Alberto Fernández answered without hesitation.
And he maintained his trip despite the noise of drums in Europe and the political crisis that Máximo Kirchner caused when he resigned as head of the official bench in Deputies.
Alberto Fernández values the health aid provided by Russia when the pandemic swept the country in 2020. The head of state had had a fleeting contact with Putin in Jerusalem, and then built a strong link with Moscow that allowed access to millions of doses of the Sputnik V vaccine.
The Russian leader supported all the initiatives of the Casa Rosada in the G20 to mitigate the economic effects of the external debt contracted in times of Macri,and it will be a vote in favor when the Argentine case is discussed in the IMF board.
Alberto Fernández studied the geopolitical history of the Malvinas War and knows the role of the Soviet Union when Argentine troops faced the elite forces of the United Kingdom in the worst conditions.
Almost 40 years after the defeat in the South Atlantic, The President will thank Putin for the Kremlin’s collaboration in the face of Margaret Thatcher’s constant offensive and its current support for all the country’s diplomatic actions to regain sovereignty over the Islands.
Alberto Fernández arrived yesterday at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport. He was received by the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, and then traveled half an hour to the Metropol Hotel. It was snowing in the Red Square, and around midnight (18 in Argentina) he met with Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero to prepare the conclave with Putin.
The Russian leader intends to improve trade volumes, deepen investments in Vaca Muerta and achieve the construction of a nuclear power plant, in silent competition with China. Alberto Fernández and Putin will have a preliminary meeting and then have lunch alone in a beautiful hall of the Kremlin.
In addition to the reserved meeting between the two leaders, A joint statement to the press is planned to ratify the historical ties that unite Argentina and Russia. There will be no questions, least of all when Putin threatens to invade Ukraine and turn the European economy into chaos with no apparent answer.
The tour of Russia is lightning: just 20 hours. Alberto Fernández and his entourage will not have much time to tour the Red Square and pause in silence at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which displays a flame burning forever in tribute to those who fell in World War II.
At noon (18 hours in Moscow), The president will board an Aerolineas Argentina charter plane to travel to Beijing. On the sidelines of the opening of the Olympic Games, Alberto Fernández plans two key meetings with the XI to deepen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
China intends to build a nuclear power plant, sell sophisticated weapons, participate in Fifth Generation (5G) technology businesses, multiply its investments in lithium and get Argentina to join the Silk Road geopolitical project.
A very ambitious bet in the middle of the negotiation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Joseph Biden mistrusts Xi and the United States has decisive weight on the IMF board.
It is not a state secret that Alberto Fernández needs to close with the Fund to avoid a new default in Argentina.