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Sergey Dankvert Held Working Meeting with Ambassador of Argentine Republic to Russian Federation Ricardo Lagorio

On December 21 a working meeting between the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor and Ambassador of the Republic of Argentina to the Russian Federation Ricardo Lagorio took place in Moscow. A representative of the RF Ministry of Agriculture also participated in the talks.

Ricardo Lagorio introduced appointed Agricultural Attaché of the Embassy Alonso Ferrando to Sergey Dankvert and expressed hope for his effective cooperation with the Rosselkhoznadzor. The Argentine party emphasized that particular importance was attached to the development of agricultural product trade with Russia and noted that the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina were working only in 4 countries of the world beside Russia.

Ricardo Lagorio informed that at the beginning of the next year several events that were important for the development of relations between the countries were planned to be held. In particular, the next session of the Intergovernmental Russian-Argentine Commission on Trade, Technical, Scientific and Economic Cooperation co-chaired by Sergey Dankvert (the Russian part of the Commission) will take place in the period from February 7 till February 8, 2017. The programme of the session is now being developed by the competent authorities and will be ready for discussion in mid-January of next year. The parties consider that the event will be of particular significance in the context of the development of Russian-Argentine relations and will open up new horizons for the improvement of cooperation that is strategically important for both countries.

The parties agreed that the capacity of the Commission will be improved through involving it in the activities of the official representatives of Russian regions in close cooperation with the business community interested in establishing direct trade and investment contacts with Argentina.

It was also noted that the activities of the Business Councils of the two countries had already provided a new impetus to the interaction of the parties.

Sergey Dankvert stressed that Argentina was traditionally one of the key partners of Russia in Latin America. However, the trade turnover between the countries is still reduced compared with that of 2014 despite the substantial resource potential of the sides. The export and import relations between Russia and Argentina are evidently affected by general decline of global trade and consumer demand.

At the same time, amid negative tendencies there is a good opportunity for the expansion of trade cooperation. In particular, the turnover between the countries could grow significantly through increased soybean oil meal supplies from Argentina to Russia if Argentine companies registered the produced soy lines in the RF. The Rosselkhoznadzor, in its turn, is also making efforts to achieve this objective because it meets the interests of both parties. For example, in Russia the intensive livestock breeding development has resulted in increased demand for feeds. Soybean oil meal supplies from Argentina will make it possible to diversify the domestic feed market and balance the price policy.

In addition to that, in the context of Russian retaliatory measures in relation to the countries that imposed illegal sanctions and due to the activities of the Rosselkhoznadzor aimed at minimization of illegal export of banned products Argentina has a possibility to increase the volume of traditional supplies of apples, pears, citrus fruits, grapes and other plant cultures significantly. There is also an opportunity of increasing meat product supplies.

Sergey Dankvert also noted with satisfaction that Argentina had tripled its export of frozen fish and crustaceans to Russia including traditional items such as shrimps, as well as exotic items supplementing the domestic market, silver hake in particular.

The Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor expressed regret that the supplies of milk, butter, cheese and other dairy products during the current year had not reached the level of 2014. In particular, the export of the mentioned products made more than 80 million US dollars in money terms as on December 18. The Rosselkhoznadzor, among other things, has always sought to ensure that Russia imports milk products unaffected by different kinds of support. Dairy products from Argentina, Uruguay and Chile meet this criterion and comply with all veterinary and sanitary requirements of Russia and the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.

In this context Sergey Dankvert noted the failure of numerous attempts of the Souzmoloko (the National Dairy Producers Union) represented by Chairman of the Board of Directors A. Danilenko and possibly supported by companies that had joined the sector association and had their representatives in Belarus (the major supplier of dairy products to Russia) to exert pressure on the Rosselkhoznadzor as regards imposing restrictions on dairy product supplies from the above mentioned countries.

Ricardo Lagorio thanked Sergey Dankvert for the open and constructive dialogue and in the context of the above noted that there was a set phrase in Argentina saying, “Honest trade does not mean free trade”. The Ambassador of Argentina also emphasized that Argentina had not supported sanctions imposed on Russia illegally and intended to further enhance the collaboration with Russia.

In conclusion the parties expressed confidence in further strengthening of bilateral interaction and constructive trade cooperation between the countries.


Dec 21, 2017

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