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Bolsonaro Meets Russian Ambassador, US Aims to Reverse Russian Advances

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President-elect Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) met with Russia’s ambassador to Brazil, Sergey Akopov. The meeting was held in Brasilia on Wednesday. According to a note from the Embassy of the Russian Federation, one of the points of the meeting was the discussion of “strengthening the technological alliance between the two countries”.

“The meeting discussed issues of the bilateral agenda and the operation of inter-state structures, such as the High-Level Commission on Cooperation, the Political Commission, the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation,” the Embassy said in a note.

“The parties underscored the potential of developing the strategic partnership, established in 2002, and measures aimed at strengthening the technological alliance between the two countries,” the Embassy note added.

In 2017, Brazil exported $2.73 billion to Russia. The main items sold were: pork (25%), beef (17%) and soy (15%). The figures placed Moscow as the 15th largest destination of Brazilian sales abroad.

In the same year of 2017, Brazil bought $2.64 billion in Russian products. The most acquired items were: potassium chloride (18%), fertilizers (17%) and coal (11%). Russia ranked 13th in the ranking of Brazilian imports in 2017.

The data are from the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services.

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This comes as US national security adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday that he will visit President-elect Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) in Rio de Janeiro on November 29.

“Look forward to seeing Brazil’s next President @JairBolsonaro in Rio on November 29th. We share many bilateral interests and will work closely on expanding freedom and prosperity throughout the Western Hemisphere,” Bolton wrote on Twitter.

Bolton will be Washington’s first high ranking official to have agenda with Bolsonaro. He had already stated on November 2 that the election of the PSL politician represented a “positive sign” for the region.

With its criticism of China, the future Bolsonaro government could mean closer diplomatic proximity with the United States. The future Foreign Minister, Ernesto Araújo, is a public defender of US President Donald Trump.

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