Russian-Nicaraguan relations have good potential for development, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during negotiations with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Saturday.
Putin decided to change the initial plan of his Latin American tour and pay a brief working visit to Nicaragua on his way from Cuba to Argentina, taking into account an earlier invitation from the Nicaraguan leader. Ortega met Putin at the Managua airport.
"We still have a lot to do to develop our relations, especially in the economic sector, but the basis for this is very good," he said.
Russia and Nicaragua have long-standing and very warm relations, Putin said. "We admire your personal courage and your people's courage," he said to Ortega.
Putin pointed out also that 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Ortega called Putin's visit to Managua historic. "It is the first time the president of Russia has come to Nicaragua, and we are very happy to welcome you on our soil," Ortega said.
The Nicaraguan leader assured Putin that his country supports Russia in promoting world peace. "We are ready to take part in Russia's initiatives on maintaining peace both globally and in particular regions, [including] your region," Ortega said addressing Putin.
"The resolution of conflicts depends not on bombardments but on sensible approaches, and listening to the people's will matters above all," he said.
Taking part in the negotiations on the Russian part were Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, presidential aide Yury Ushakov, and Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin. The Nicaraguan delegation included presidential representative for trade and economic and investment cooperation with Russia Laureano Ortega, Deputy Foreign Minister Valdrak Jaentschek, who also leads the Nicaraguan-Russian intergovernmental commission on economic and scientific-technological cooperation, Nicaraguan armed forces Commander Julio Cesar Aviles, and Enatrel power company President Salvador Mansell.
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