Russian President Vladimir Putin has noted prospects for bilateral agricultural cooperation between Russia and Argentina.
"Thanks to the increasing agricultural product supplies to Russia from Argentina - and these supplies are growing, volumes are growing - in the first half of this year alone Russia imported around 2,500 tonnes of beef from Argentina," Putin told Argentine President Cristina Kirchner by video link.
Thanks to their bilateral cooperation, "we Russians, too, have a chance to have a good lunch by using Argentine food products," he added.
During the conversation Kirchner said that it is midday in her country and evening in Moscow, adding that she had not had lunch yet. "I probably won't have such a delicious lunch as the lunch you treated me to when I was in the Kremlin, which we are still recalling," she said.
That lunch was an indicator of friendship, respect and Argentina's importance to Russia, Kirchner said.
Argentine companies are broadening their presence on the Russian market, Putin said. "And we are very glad of it. For our part, we will create comfortable conditions for Argentine agrarians," Putin said.
Last year the Eurasian Union partners agreed on a certificate to import high-quality beef from Argentina, he recalled.
Russia and Argentina have also stepped up law enforcement cooperation, Putin said. "The other day, in the State Duma, the Russian parliament received for ratification an agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal investigations. Introducing this document will help us fight transnational crime efficiently," he said.
Russia and Argentina are also developing cultural relations, Putin said. In particular, the head of state mentioned the traditional festival of Argentine tango. "By the way, just recently we saw you dancing at a political event. It seems to me it only beautified the political landscape of your country. You did so remarkably, so very elegantly, and, I think, absolutely in the Argentine style," the Russian president said.
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