Putin to plan meeting with Mexico’s president-elect Obrador

Published: September 12, 2018 11:19:18 | Updated: September 12, 2018 16:21:50

Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador looks on during a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Mexico City, Mexico July 27, 2018 – Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin is looking into a possible meeting with Mexican President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador late this year in Mexico or Argentina, Russian news agency Tass reported on Tuesday.

Lopez Obrador, who takes office on Dec 1, invited Putin to his inauguration in a meeting on Monday with Russia’s ambassador to Mexico.

Putin met former President Vicente Fox in Mexico in 2004 and returned to attend the 2012 G20 Summit, which brings together the world’s 20 largest economies.

The Russian leader is expected to attend this year’s G20 summit from Nov 30 to Dec 1 in Argentina, suggesting a scheduling conflict with Lopez Obrador’s inauguration, reports Reuters.

“Argentina is not far away, so there are several options we could look into: a flight to Mexico or a meeting in Argentina,” Tass reported Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov as saying in Vladivostok.

Mexico’s foreign minister, Luis Videgaray, met with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow last November amid efforts to find alternative markets to the United States during a contentious process to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.

In Lopez Obrador’s meeting with Russian ambassador Viktor Koronelli on Monday, according to a statement from the president-elect’s office, the two discussed the growing numbers of Russian tourists in Mexico, eliminating a visa for Mexican tourists in Russia and Russia’s forthcoming investments in Mexico’s auto sector.

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