Russia plans major presence in Argentina with two nuclear power plants and military equipment – MercoPress
Russia plans major presence in Argentina with two nuclear power plants and military equipment
Russian Ambassador to Buenos Aires Dmitri Feoktistov has confirmed his country’s intention to build two nuclear power plants in Argentina and press sources from the presidential palace Casa Rosada have not denied this, although the project has not denied it. has not yet been officially approved by the administration of President Alberto Fernández.
Cooperation between Argentina and Russia has been going smoothly since the purchase of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines and the agreement to produce them locally soon.
Among the two planned factories that Russia intends to support financially, one would be located on the Argentine mainland while the other, more ambitious, would be placed at sea.
“Among the projects that we have proposed to the Minister (of the Economy) Martín Guzmán and to the government, there is the construction of a floating nuclear power plant, which could be located anywhere in the vast territory of Argentina, ?? Feoktistov said in a TV interview. There is only one such factory in the world and it is also Russian. It has been located off the Russian coast on the Arctic Sea since May of last year.
The diplomat described the option as a joint venture in which Argentina would provide shipping and Russia would be in charge of “nuclear reactors. ??
But the Argentine economy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs admitted not knowing about such a project.
The Russian mainland plant would be similar to that of a single China in Argentina’s Neuquén province, Feoktistov said, and his versions would be consistent with Argentine Economy Minister Martín Guzmán’s visit to Russian company Rosatom in recent weeks.
Russian interest in Argentina dates back to the presidencies of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (2007-2015) and there were also diplomatic exchanges under Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) but the administration Vladimir Poutine sees the new rapprochement by the Sputnik V vaccine as a renewed opportunity to pick things up where they just left off.
?? We offered to build the plant, own it and operate it, ?? said Feoktistov. “These are projects that can cost 10 billion dollars or more, and Russia is willing to pay everything so that Argentina does not (need to spend) a single peso”, which raises doubts about the control that Argentina might have on the plant later. himself.
According to the project, Argentina would cede the land for the construction, operation and subsequent maintenance of the plant in exchange for 20 to 30 years of electricity at a fixed price. If we agree, it’s to serve both parties, now Argentina has the ball, ?? said the diplomat who has been in Buenos Aires since 2018 and who is considered one of Putin’s most trusted dignitaries in Latin America.
Russia is also pushing projects in other areas ahead of President Fernández, such as initiatives to reform 550 km of roads and to build an additional 150 km on the road between Bahía Blanca and Vaca Muerta. And for that, Russia would be prepared to provide Argentina with “the most modern and appropriate military weapons”, according to Feoktistov.