¿What is Mexico for Russia? Lavrov explains how are the relations between both countries
"For Russia, Mexico is one of the traditional partners in Latin America and the Caribbean, relations are rooted in history," said Sergey Lavrov in an interview with Excelsior.
The Russian Foreign Minister recalled that this year marks the 127th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and also the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration on the principles of cooperation relations.
Russia and Mexico, united peoples
"Our people are united by feelings of friendship, trust and mutual sympathy," said Lavrov. The diplomat recalled that in the early twentieth century Mexico became a destination for prominent Russians, such as the dancer Anna Pávlova, the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, the film director Sergei Eisenstein and the scientist Nikolai Vavilov.
It has also been agreed that the Russian ethnographer Yuri Knórozov, who deciphered the ancient writing systems of the Maya, and stressed that the Russians "have much interest in the works of Mexican muralists, such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros".
Leaving cultural ties aside, Lavrov said that last year the commercial exchange between Russia and Mexico amounted to 1.4 billion dollars and that there are already important investment and infrastructure projects.
"Today the aircraft fleet of the Mexican airline Interjet has 22 Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger planes", the head of Russian diplomacy said. In addition, he affirmed that "there is a positive dynamic" in energy cooperation, to which the Russian state companies Rosatom and Lukoil contribute.
Among the Mexican partners that already operate in the Russian market Lavrov has highlighted the company Nemak, which opened in 2015 in the Ulyanovsk region a production plant for automotive components, and the launch by Gruma International Foods of a production company of food products in September.
"There are good prospects for cooperation in the aviation, shipbuilding, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in marine engineering, energy, automotive, rail transport and agriculture", the Russian foreign minister said.
Currently, Russia hopes to sign the long-term program of commercial, economic, scientific and technical cooperation, a project that is already being reviewed by the Mexican partners. Lavrov has also pointed out that the expansion of business interaction would contribute to the abolition of visas.
¿Does Russia worry about the electoral process in Mexico?
As far as the electoral process is concerned, it is an internal matter of Mexico, and Russia will develop relations "with the president elected by the Mexican people," the Russian diplomat said.
In that sense, Lavrov has characterized the attitude of the Russian government with the words of the Mexican national hero Benito Juarez, who said that "the principle of nonintervention is one of the first obligations of governments, is respect due to the freedom of the peoples and the rights of nations".
Russia expects a "colorful and spectacular" soccer of Mexico in the World
In the interview of the Mexican newspaper, the most anticipated event in the world of football has not gone unnoticed. The Russian foreign minister congratulated the Mexicans for the "indisputable victory" of the Mexican national team in the qualifiers of the 2018 World Cup and he was sure that in Russia the team "will show a spectacular and spectacular football".
Regarding threats from the Islamic State, Lavrov stressed that the safety of players and fans is the "absolute priority" of the Russian authorities and that law enforcement forces take all necessary measures to guarantee it.
To counteract the terrorist threats, he said that they established an interdepartmental operational headquarters that coordinates the activities of the respective security agencies.
Attention is also paid to the problem of hooliganism, assured the Russian diplomat. "To minimize the risks, we have increased collaboration with international partners, including within the framework of the Council of Europe Convention on an integrated approach to security, protection and care in football matches and other sporting events", has indicated Lavrov.RT