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Brazil-Russia’s New Open-Door Policy: Visitors from Both Countries Need No Visa

Presidents Medvedev and Lula The presidents of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and of the Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, signed several bilateral agreements dealing with technology, defense and diplomatic relations. One of the accords makes travel much easier between the two countries, eliminating the need for a visa for Brazilian citizens to visit Russia and also the other way around. Something Brazilians and Americans don't have.

Talking at the Itamaraty palace – the Foreign ministry's headquarters in Rio de Janeiro – Lula highlighted the Brazilian-Russian partnerships in the aerospace sector, with projects for the launching of rockets from the Alcântara Space Center in northern Brazil. He also talked about a joint venture to manufacture military equipment including combat helicopters.

The Brazilian president reminded that Russia is the largest importer of Brazilian meat, but he stressed that both countries need to broaden their trade beyond agricultural products. "We need to go beyond commodities, broadening and including in our exports products of better added value."

"Russia  might supply equipment for the new hydroelectric plants in Brazil," Lula said, adding that the Russians might also participate in the construction of railroads and other infrastructure projects. Both leaders talked about the new relevance for the group made up by the world's most important emerging powers, the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China), in solving the current global financial crisis.

Medvedev emphasized that Brazil is Russia's main partner in Latin America and reiterated that trade between both countries will continue growing. This year, the bilateral trade surpassed U$ 6 billion. Medvedev said he hopes to double trade with Brazil in the next few years.

During their meeting, Medvedev and Lula agreed that the first summit of the world's largest developing nations, known as BRICs, should be held in Russia next year.

The next stop in the Russian president's short Latin America tour is Venezuela, where he will meet with President Hugo Chavez. The visit to Venezuela is the first by a Russian president.

Medvedev's trip to Venezuela comes a day after Russian warships sailed into a Venezuelan port for a series of joint military exercises. Russia and Venezuela have strengthened ties as both seek to counter U.S. influence in Latin America.

The U.S. State Department has said Washington will carefully monitor the military exercises, but it dismissed the notion that they represent a challenge to U.S. influence in the region.

In Washington Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she does not think there is any question who has the most power in the hemisphere. Chavez has said the exercises are not a provocation.

The Russian leader will end his tour of the region in Cuba. He met this past week with U.S. President George Bush at a summit of Pacific Rim countries in Lima, Peru.

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  • Objective Observer

    Reality Check!
    They have been warning about the Red Mafia threat since the 1990s – about how it will overrun places like the USA and much of the western world. Guess what? Organized crime in the USA is STILL dominated by local mafia bosses despite their diminished power! Same goes for places in much of western Europe or in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • forrest allen brown

    ASE
    look at the ucrain they are the blod thirsty ones..

    if eather one gets a foot hold in brasil well kiss it good by

    as they will take out the third rate cops and buy off or kidnap politicans familys
    to get there point across

    and then toss in all the muslims they are letting in to brasil also
    what a mess in 5 too 10 years
    if that long
    brasil is ripe for the picking

  • AES

    And wait to the Russian mafia comes to Brazil. Brazilian criminals are bad; Russian orginized crime is the Plague.

  • forrest allen brown

    brasilians dont go home from the US
    that is why .

    and russia needs all the prosituits it can get from there they can go
    any where in the EU
    a new wave of human sex slave on they way .
    along with child porn
    WAY TO GO LULA

  • AES

    I think I’ll go to Leningrad and buy a Rolex watch.
    [i] Lula highlighted the Brazilian-Russian partnerships in the aerospacial sector, [/i]

    There is of course no such word as aerospacial.

    Yes Brazil must concentrate on aerospacial concerns. Unfortuantely Brazil is unable to build roads let alone a space program. What fantasy. As to trains, Germany or Japan, or even France would be a better source. And hydroelectric, well Haliburton. Brazil is looking to buy on the cheap an under the table deal. Russia is the most corrupt criminally infected conuntry in Europe. Birds of a feather and all that? Megalomania Inc. Chavez, Putin, Lula. God save the Queen!

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