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Bilateral Relations

Since the reestablishment of diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation in the early 90s, three presidents of the Republic of Chile have visited Moscow: Patricio Aylwin, in 1993, Ricardo Lagos, in 2005, and Michelle Bachelet, in 2008. In addition, President Sebastián Piñera visited the city of Vladivostok in 2012 in the framework of an APEC summit. On the other side, President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, visited Santiago in 2004.

The ambassadors who have served at the Embassy of Chile to the Russian Federation have been the following:

  • Clodomiro Almeyda Medina (1991 – 1992) 
  • James Holger Blair (1992 – 1997) 
  • Sergio Fernández Aguayo (1997 – 2000) 
  • Pablo Cabrera Gaete (2000 – 2004) 
  • Mario Silberman Gurovich (2001 – 2006) 
  • Augusto Parra Muñoz (2006 – 2010) 
  • Juan Eduardo Eguiguren Guzmán (2010 - 2016) 
  • Rodrigo Nieto Maturana (2017 -)

Among the main bilateral mechanisms in force are the Political Consultations at the level of Vice-ministers of Foreign Affairs, and the Intergovernmental Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation, which are expected to be convened on an annual basis, alternately in Chile and in the Russian Federation.

Chile and Russia maintain a good bilateral relationship, characterized by a cordial and frank political dialogue on all the issues on the agenda. This good level of linkage is reflected in the holding of political consultations and joint commissions, the negotiation of agreements in various fields, cooperation in science and technology, energy, Antarctic affairs, astronomy, the densification of business ties, cultural and academic contacts, as well as collaboration in different multilateral bodies.

Some milestones of the bilateral relationship in recent years are the following:

  • Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Mr. Sergei Lavrov, to Chile in April 2014.
  • Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Mr. Heraldo Muñoz, to Russia in April 2015.
  • IX meeting of Russia-Chile Political Consultations, which were headed by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Mr. Sergei Ryabkov and the Undersecretary of Foreign Relations of Chile, Mr. Edgardo Riveros. The meeting was held in Moscow in November 2017.
  • Meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Mr. Teodoro Ribera, and Russia, Mr. Sergei Lavrov, on the margins of the UN General Assembly. New York, September 26, 2019.
  • In November 2019, the participation of President Vladimir Putin in the APEC Leader Summit and of a high Russian authority in COP25 was contemplated, but both events organized by Chile were canceled.

The main objective of the economic-commercial link with Russia is to negotiate, in the medium term, the signing of a Free Trade Agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), a customs union led by Moscow, which also includes Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. To this aim, our country has developed a permanent activity for several years to inform and persuade the Russian counterpart and the other countries of the EEU of the advantages that the signing of an agreement of this type would have for both sides.