The Kremlin has acknowledged the remarks made by Argentina’s President-elect Javier Milei regarding Russia, but emphasized its commitment to maintaining strong relations with Buenos Aires. Milei, a right-wing libertarian who secured nearly 56% of the votes in the election’s second round on Sunday, has previously expressed his intention to distance Argentina from countries such as Russia, China, and Brazil due to disagreements with their respective governments’ policies. He has also shown support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, while considering the United States and Israel as Argentina’s primary partners.
During a press briefing, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated, “We have taken note of several statements made by Mr. Milei during the election campaign, but we will primarily assess him based on the statements he makes after his inauguration. We are committed to fostering bilateral relations with Argentina,” Peskov added.
Under Argentina’s outgoing center-left government, close ties were maintained with Russia, including the importation of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine and efforts to join the Moscow-backed BRICS group of nations.
(Reporting by Reuters; Writing by Felix Light; Editing by Andrew Osborn)