Rus News Journal

Head the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain will discuss in Moscow economic problems

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Spain Migel Anhel Moratinos on Wednesday has arrived to Moscow. Formally it is reciprocal visit of head of Spanish the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which that puts after in April Madrid was visited by the Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.

But present arrival of Moratinosa to Russia has also a concrete practical problem - preparation of the state visit of the prime minister of Spain Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero which is planned for the end of September.

the Head of the Spanish diplomacy as have informed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, intends to discuss all aspects of forthcoming visit of the head of the Spanish government with the Russian colleague Sergey Lavrovym. Within the limits of these negotiations as we were assured by the Spanish diplomats, will be discussed bilateral political and economic relations, first of all - directions on which it is possible to achieve appreciable advancement in the near future already.

In transfer from a diplomatic language it means that the parties will prepare bilateral documents which can be signed in the end of September and which urged to stimulate political dialogue and business ties between the Russian and Spanish companies. While, as Spaniards recognise, our economic relations obviously lag behind on a level of development cooperation in a political sphere.

it is valid, Russian - the Spanish political dialogue like is adjusted well. At level of the Ministries for Foreign Affairs there is a constant exchange of opinions and positions in all directions of two-way communications. And now, during visit of Moratinosa to Moscow will be discussed, predictably, not only Russian - the Spanish relations, but also relations of Russia with the NATO and the European Union. And also crisis in the Near East, prospects of development of a situation on the Balkans, in Iraq and Afghanistan. Practically on all these questions of a position of Russia and Spain are close. Spain repeatedly supported the decision of the Middle East problem on the basis of strict observance of resolutions of the international community.

On this background obviously insufficiently developed look bilateral economic relations.

In mutual trade on - former leading places occupy the Russian deliveries to Spain mineral fuel and iron and steel industry production. In the answer our country buys from Spain mainly foodstuff. As a result the negative balance of Spain in foreign trade with Russia has exceeded in 2006 five billion euro. To change signs in trading balance also counts Moratinos in Moscow.

the Spanish investments into Russia are extremely insignificant. Thus that more than four thousand Spanish companies put means abroad, to Russia while have come only about ten Spanish investors. And to speak about the Russian investments into Spain simply and it is not necessary are 100-th shares of percent of all foreign capitals enclosed in this country.