Politics 01-11-2018

Uruguayan Vice Chancellor: Relationship with Russia overcomes the tests of time

The link between Uruguay and Russia is more than 160 years old, so it has stood the test of time and is still betting, also from Mercosur, to deepen that relationship, the vice chancellor of the country told Radio Sputnik South American, Ariel Bergamino.

"The link between Uruguay and Russia is very good, it is a bilateral relationship that was 160 years ago last year and if in that period of time things have happened in the world and yet relations with Russia have remained narrow, we can say then that has passed the tests of time, "said the official.

He noted on the occasion that the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) has had an approach with Russia and with the Eurasian Economic Union to the point that in Uruguay a road map was voted, together with the Russian Federation.

"We are on the one hand working on a memorandum of understanding with the Eurasian Union, our aspiration is that it be signed during the Uruguayan presidency of the Mercosur of Uruguay, which ends in December," he added.

It is also intended to hold an instance of dialogue with the Russian Federation and are considering dates that can agree on the agendas of both parties, added the vice chancellor.

"The Eurasian zone is destined to become an increasingly important center of trade and integration in the coming decades, and that is where South America wants to be," he reflected.

According to his words, they are opportunities for approximation, encounter and dialogue that allow identifying common areas in which agreements can be reached.

"Maybe this does not happen with the speed with which it is sometimes desired, but these processes are like that, dialogues and agreements between regional blocs take time," he added.

"In Mercosur there are no ideologies"

The vice chancellor also referred to the current situation of Mercosur, stating that, contrary to what other politicians in the region say, the external agenda of that regional bloc is "expanding and intensifying" since 2016 and considered that the interest of Governments, regardless of the ideological sign, remain the same.

"If you look at the panorama of some Mercosur countries, it is highly valued that this interest continues unchanged and that they continue to work, for example Brazil, which is in a process of transition with the new Government, intends to guarantee the external agenda of Mercosur, the same can be said of Argentina or Paraguay, "he added.

According to Bergamino, this situation shows that "there are no ideological issues" when talking about the convenience that Mercosur represents for a South American country.

"We understand Mercosur not as a golden cage but as a platform for inserting our countries into a challenging global concert," he added.

On the other hand, he pointed out that the negotiations with the European Union were resumed and also began dialogues with Canada, Singapore and South Korea.

The vice chancellor defined Mercosur as a project that implies a process; therefore, its development is not linear, but it has moments of deceleration and stagnation.

Mercosur was founded in 1991 and consists of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela (currently suspended); It is considered the fourth economic block in the world in terms of business volume and is conceived as the fifth world economy.


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