Dmitri Medvedev makes first visit by Russian president to Argentina, talks nuclear energy (With Photos)

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (C L) and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (C R) pose for a picture before a working meeting at the Government Palace in Buenos Aires on April 14, 2010. Medvedev is on a one-day official visit to Argentina.

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Dmitri Medvedev on Wednesday used the first-ever visit by a Russian president to Argentina to urge the countries to boost economic ties and cooperate more on nuclear energy.

Medvedev arrived accompanied by a planeload of business executives, politicians and scientists on a South American trip that will also see him head next to Brazil for a summit of emerging powers.

At a business seminar, the Russian president said the 2009 financial meltdown affected trade between the countries. But he added that “Argentina has been one of our main partners in Latin America and I’m sure we are going to fill the holes created during the crisis.”

Medvedev met with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez and the leaders signed about a dozen agreements on issues ranging from space technology to nuclear energy and offshore oil exploration.

Russian officials expressed special interest in cooperating on developing nuclear power for peaceful purposes, Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana said.

Argentina had a positive trade balance with Russia last year of $705 million — much of it thanks to beef exports.

It was the first visit by a Russian president to Argentina in 125 years of bilateral relations, including during the time of the former Soviet Union.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev smiles upon his arrival at the international airport in Ezeiza, 40 km from Buenos Aires, on April 14, 2010 during a one-day official visit to Argentina.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev waves to the press upon his arrival at the international airport in Ezeiza, 40 km from Buenos Aires, on April 14, 2010 during a one-day official visit to Argentina.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (C), accompained by Argentine deputy foreign minister Victorio Taccetti (L), attends a ceremony to pay homage to Argentine hero General Jose de San Martin in Buenos Aires, April 14, 2010.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and Argentine vice Foreign Minister Vittorio Taccetti review the honour guard upon the former’s arrival at the international airport in Ezeiza, 40 km from Buenos Aires, on April 14, 2010 during a one-day official visit to Argentina.

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Russia’s President Dmitri Medvedev (R) attends a ceremony to pay homage to Argentine hero General Jose de San Martin in Buenos Aires April 14, 2010.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (far R), walks accompanied by Argentine Deputy Foreign Minister Victorio Taccetti (C), to attend a ceremony paying homage to Argentine hero General Jose de San Martin in Buenos Aires, April 14, 2010.

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Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (R) welcomes her Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev at the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires April 14, 2010.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner shake hands before a working meeting at the Government Palace in Buenos Aires on April 14, 2010. Medvedev is on a one-day official visit to Argentina.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner shake hands before a working meeting at the Government Palace in Buenos Aires on April 14, 2010. Medvedev is on a one-day official visit to Argentina.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner shake hands before a working meeting at the Government Palace in Buenos Aires on April 14, 2010. Medvedev is on a one-day official visit to Argentina.

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Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez offer a joint press conference after signing bilateral agreements at the government palace in Buenos Aires, Wednesday, April 14, 2010. Medvedev is on a one-day visit to Argentina.

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Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (R) and her Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev hold a joint news conference at the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires April 14, 2010.

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Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (L) and her Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev visit the Patio de las Palmeras at the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires April 14, 2010.

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