MERCOSUR DELEGATION GOES TO MOSCOW

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BUENOS AIRES, May 12 (RIA Novosti, Yury Nikolayev) - On May 17, Tuesday, Moscow will be the venue of a meeting between a delegation of the South American common market MERCOSUR and Russian leaders.

The MERCOSUR delegation is led by ex-President of Argentina Eduardo Dualde, chairman of the commission of MERCOSUR permanent representatives.

The MERCOSUR press service reports that three blocks of questions will be considered in Moscow - politics, trade and investment. The agenda also includes discussing the fight against terrorism, Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization, recognition of the market status of the Russian economy.

The delegation is also going to discuss with Russian colleagues high-tech cooperation, an outlook for Russia's participation in carrying out joint energy and transport projects on the South American continent.

The visit will continue until May 19. On Friday, May 20, the MERCOSUR delegation will arrive in St.Petersburg to take part in opening the Argentine Culture Festival in the Russian northern capital, as St.Petersburg is called.

The South American common market (MERCOSUR), established in 1994, includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela are its associated members.

The four countries' zone of free trade has no customs duties or other limitations on 90 percent of the commodities; common tariffs on 85 percent of the imported goods are coordinated.

Today MERCOSUR is the biggest integrated market of Latin America, concentrating 45 percent of its population, or over 200 million people.

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