According to the ambassador, Argentina facilitated significant progress in reaching an agreement between Mercosur and the Eurasian Economic Union in the last six months of 2014. A number of meetings held in Moscow and Buenos Aires have led to the creation of a draft cooperation agreement in the economic and trade spheres between the two regional trading blocs.
"The EEU is an important partner for us and we are certain that Mercosur will continue along the line of cooperation development. A memorandum on mutual understanding will allow us to sit down and discuss in more detail what exactly we want to achieve," Tettamanti told RIA Novosti.
Founded in 1991, Mercosur is a sub-regional economic bloc that includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. Its associate countries are Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
The agreement on the establishment of the EEU, signed by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan last spring, came into effect on January 1. The bloc also includes Armenia and Kyrgyzstan is set to become a member in May.
A month ago, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Nebenzya said that some 40 countries have officially expressed interest in creating a free-trade zone with the EEU.
Moscow and Buenos Aires are Discussing Russian Investment in Energy Sector
According to Tettamanti, Russia's future investments in the energy sector could be "very substantial."
The latest research indicates that Argentina has large offshore oil and gas reserves, the ambassador said.
"This opens new opportunities for the building of relations in the medium and long-term perspectives, because the energy sector is a sphere where there is no room for short-term projects. At the same time the energy sector allows for investments in other spheres, such as transport and equipment," Tettamanti said.
Head of Russia's Rosatom nuclear energy corporation Sergei Kirienko announced last year that the company was interested in helping to build the fifth Atucha power plant.
Kirienko signed an intergovernmental agreement on peaceful nuclear energy cooperation with Argentine Planning and Public Investment Minister Julio Miguel de Vido in July 2015. The previous accord expired in December 2012.