Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa made an official visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg on June 27-28 at the invitation of the Russian government and in reciprocity for the visit to Mexico by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in 2010. The Foreign Secretary’s visit was to promote the political dialogue and bilateral economic relationship and to strengthen all aspects of cooperation between the two countries.
During the meeting between the two officials, they agreed to seek a meeting between Presidents Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and Dmitry Medvedev, as the high point of the celebrations of the 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Russia. Foreign Secretary Espinosa announced that the Mexican government has made the policy decision to consider Russia as a market economy, and will seek to increase the economic exchanges between the two countries to achieve the potential of their economies.
On economic and trade matters, the Foreign Secretary said that the Mexican government would continue working with Russian authorities to make the investment relationship grown on a par with the bilateral trade relationship.
She reiterated Mexico’s interest in establishing itself as a popular destination for Russian tourists. She noted that just last April, Russian tourism to Mexico had increased almost 40% over the same month of 2010.
During her visit to St. Petersburg, Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa was received by the Lieutenant Governor of the City of St. Petersburg, Oseevsky Mikhail Eduardovich, whom she thanked for organizing the Mexican cultural days in St. Petersburg from June 2-5, 2011. She also reiterated Mexico’s interest in having more of an economic and cultural presence in that important Baltic port.
Russia is Mexico’s largest trading partner from among the European countries that are not part of the European Union (EU) or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA); the leading exporter and importer; and ranks 30th at the international level.