Vladimir Putin had a meeting with President of the Federative Republic of Brazil Dilma Rousseff. The two heads of state discussed key issues in bilateral cooperation, including the opportunity to expand trade and economic as well as cultural and humanitarian ties.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Madame President, friends, good evening. We are very happy to see you.
We hope and are even confident that the BRICS summit will be successful. And we are very happy to meet with you on the sidelines of this event, to discuss our bilateral relations and promising projects.
First of all, I would like to note that our relations are developing quite positively and we are seeing regular contacts in nearly all areas, including in the parliamentary dimension.
Last year, our trade grew by 15% and in the first quarter of this year, we have seen a slight decline, but I am confident that our trade growth will continue.
We certainly need to do more in terms of investment cooperation; we need to work toward the possible use of national currencies in our trade and economic ties and continue work in the high-tech sectors, such as aviation and space exploration.
We are grateful to you that two Brazilian stations are already using the GLONASS system and now, we will agree on creating a complex for tracking space debris – an extremely important issue not only for Russia and Brazil, but for nearly all participants in international communications and those working in space.
Welcome, Madame President!
To be continued.