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Nicaragua foreign minister to discuss closer trade in Moscow

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MOSCOW, November 18 (RIA Novosti) - Nicaraguan Foreign Minister

Samuel Santos Lopez arrives on an official visit to Moscow Sunday to discuss closer trade and the possibility of larger defense and machinery product deliveries from Russia.

At the Russian-Nicaraguan political consultations held in May at the level of deputy foreign ministers, the parties expressed their desire to expand cooperation in the energy sphere, the construction of hydropower facilities, tourism development, transport infrastructure modernization and an increase in Russia's exports of machinery, equipment and technologies.

During his visit, which will last until November 21, Lopez is expected to discuss "measures to make trade more stable and balanced through diversification of its commodity structure, especially via the deliveries of engineering and defense products from Russia," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said.

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