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Russia's President Vladimir Putin will kick off a Latin American Tour this week, which includes Cuba, Argentina and Brazil. He will attend the summit of the BRICS Group in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza

According to the Kremlin's press service, Putin will hold bilateral meetings with regional leaders during his tour, to take place July 11-16.

The Russian head of state will visit Havana and meet with President Raul Castro particularly on the ongoing bilateral economic and commercial relations, investment and joint projects in sectors such as energy, transportation, civil aviation, health and the peaceful use of outer space.

Buenos Aires will be the second leg of the tour, where Putin will be received July 12 by President Cristina Fernandez.

Moscow and Buenos Aires are looking forwards to expanding cooperation in the area of energy and to diversifying commercial relations. These issues will be included in a series of documents to be signed during Putin's visit to Argentina, according to the press release.

In Brazil, the Russian president will participate at the 6th Summit of the BRICS Group, made up of Brazil, India, China and South Africa, and he will meet with representatives of other regional integration blocs, such as the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

According to the program, Putin will hold official talks with President Dilma Rousseff and he will also meet with entrepreneurs from the two countries. And finally, he will attend the ceremony in which Russia will assume the organization of the next Soccer Cup, to be held in 2008, in Moscow.


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