This visit to Russia is very important for us. We are very grateful for the help given to Argentina and we will soon celebrate the 120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries. In spite of the crisis of 1998 in Russia and the crisis of 2001 in Argentina, our economies develop and we have left the political crisis behind. We are pleased to see that many companies of our two countries want to work together. More than 30 businesspeople representing almost all the sectors of the Argentinean economy will accompany me during my visit. I should meet with Prime Minister Mijail Fradkov, Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov and with leaders of the Federation Council and the Duma.
Russia has the largest reserves of hydrocarbons and energy sources of the planet, and as to economic growth, it places second only behind China. It is a link between Europe and Asia and its development will create a huge market with a high purchasing power. The Russian people have always had a creative and spiritual potential and they have never remained with their arms folded. We are convinced that Russia will play an important role in the international scene.
I think Moscow has great chances to organize the Olympic Games and this organizational project in only one city is unique. I feel a huge respect for the Russian people and I wish them peace and prosperity.

RIA Novosti (Russia)

Интервью вице-президента Аргентины Даниэля Сциоли к визиту в Россию”, by Daniel Scioli, RIA Novosti, April 19, 2005. This text has been adapted from an interview.