Trade between Russia and Spain continues to grow this year after reaching $5.3 billion in 2017, making the European country an important partner for Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday.
“We have looked at Madrid as an important partner in Europe. Regular political contacts at the highest level have contributed to an atmosphere of friendship in bilateral ties. Trade has grown strongly, increasing by 20.6% to $5.3 billion at the end of 2017. This positive trend continued this year,” Russia’s foreign minister said in an interview with El País.
Lavrov, who is expected in Spain today, highlighted the fruitful work of the economic and industrial cooperation committee. According to him, about 1 million Russians spend their holidays in Spanish cities every year, while the number of visits of Spanish tourists to Russia is also growing, with 120,000 just last year.
In Madrid, the Russian diplomat hopes to discuss with his Spanish counterpart, Josep Borrell, a series of key issues on the bilateral and international agenda:
“I will be happy to meet with the new Foreign Minister, European Union and Cooperation, Borrell, with whom I plan to discuss in detail the main bilateral, European and international issues.”
Earlier, the Russian envoy to Spain, Yury Korchagin, said that the head of Russian diplomacy should also be received by the Spanish king Felipe VI during his visit to the Iberian country.
Although Spain constitutes an important part of the European Union and NATO, it has historically had amicable relations with the Eurasian Giant despite the attitudes and actions of its allies such as the United States and the United Kingdom.
It is expected that this positive relations will continue to foster, not only in Spain, but also on the edge of the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal. The most important aspect of these ties however is trade, which is where most emphasis has been put.