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El Salvador to Strengthen Trade, Innovation Ties With Russia - Vice President's Office

© AFP 2023 / OSCAR RIVERASalvadoran Vice President Felix Ulloa and his wife
Salvadoran Vice President Felix Ulloa and his wife  - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.06.2024
ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) - El Salvador's Vice President Felix Ulloa, who is leading the country's delegation to the SPIEF, reaffirmed its commitment to expanding trade ties with Russia, especially with innovation-focused companies, stressing the country's neutrality regarding the conflict in Ukraine, his office said.
El Salvador is in favor of opening an independent Russian embassy on its territory to strengthen ties, the vice president said in an interview with Sputnik at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
“We have very good relations... We have opened an embassy [in Russia] and we expect Russia to be able to open it,” Ulloa said. “We have a permanent representative [of Russia] in San Salvador, and through him we always talk about the need and desire to improve relations both in the field of trade and in culture, politics and economics."
Currently, issues of developing relations with El Salvador are under the jurisdiction of the Russian Embassy in Nicaragua.
“We welcome interaction with Russia with open arms... It would be extremely important for us that an embassy opens in El Salvador, because at the moment the presence of the Nicaraguan ambassador covers the basic needs of an exchange between states, but the person who carries out the representation in El Salvador does not have the ambassadorial status, which limits certain activities," Ulloa said.
The Russian city of St. Petersburg is hosting the 27th edition of SPIEF on June 5-8. Last year, the forum drew 17,000 participants from 130 countries and saw the signing of more than 900 agreements.
“During the official visit, he held meetings with companies interested in investing in El Salvador, thanks to the fact that an environment has finally been created that allows industrial growth in such areas as tourism, industry, trade and electric power industry. In addition, he reaffirmed his intention to strengthen trade relations with Russia, especially with innovation-oriented companies,” Ulloa's office also said on X.
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