This past Thursday, October 9, 2014, Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kircher and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a friendly video conference reaffirming their alliance.
The two not only spoke about their growingly warm relations, but as well about increased exports and imports between the two. Argentina has recently become one of the main economies that have been aiding Russia while their country faces sanctions from the European Union, the United States, Australia, Canada, and Norway.
Buenos Aires based newspaper, Clarin, wrote that two best export products in recent months have been beef and dairy products. In the first six months, Argentina has accumulated about 12.1 million tons of beef, about 75% more than the country had in 2013.
Argentine exports of dairy to Russia have grown about 43%; a 120% increase in cheese exports and 17% increase in butter, reported Clarin.
Besides these bilateral relations, people rejoiced in Argentina as “Russia Today,” a Russian news station will be the first international media in Argentina introduced in Spanish. That way, all the Argentinian citizens can stay updated with what is occurring in Russia, their country’s new found partner. According to Radio Free Europe,
State-run satellite channel “Russia Today,” a major platform for getting the Kremlin’s message to audiences abroad, has extended its reach with the inauguration of Spanish-language programming in Argentina.”
The video-conference almost seemed too good to be true, as Putin occasionally would wave to the Argentinian audience with a “warm smile.” Fernandez and Putin both agreed on the importance and “historic” event of the introduction of RT (Russia Today) into the Argentine community.
Strangely enough, both seemed to be in agreement with the corrupt media portrayals of Russia and of world events, which skew reality. Website La Rouche Pac commented,
Interrupted by frequent applause from the audience, which included a contingent of young, cheering supporters, the event allowed the two leaders to express their firm commitment to their strategic alliance and cooperation on issues of national and international importance, while also condemning the global media cartels that distort reality, “according to their own interests.” Putin stated that the right to information is “one of the inalienable rights and one of the most important human rights,” but that the development of the electronic and social media in recent years “has become a frightening weapon that manipulates social conscience.” There is a real desire, he said, for media that doesn’t impose its opinions, but, like RT, allows viewers to form their own opinions by presenting them with a variety of viewpoints.”’
Putin also reflected on his pleasant July visit to Argentina and drew back to the point, that both countries share very common interests and would like to fight for their national rights. Argentina has not only become a nation for resources, but newly found geopolitical support for Russia.