Don Juan Carlos undertook a working visit to the Russian Federation on July 18 and 19, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism and a delegation of Spanish companies formed by representatives of CAF, FCC, Iberdrola Ingeniería, Indra, Indra, Maxam, OHL, Repsol, Talgo and Técnicas Reunidas. The objective of the trip was to give an additional boost to bilateral trade and economic ties and develop joint investment projects. The Spanish companies are especially interested in the high-speed train contract between Moscow and Saint Petersburg (estimated in 17,400 million euros) and Moscow’s modernization city plan with a budget of 165,000 million euros.
On July 19 King Juan Carlos started the visit with a meeting with Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow. The two ministers, the Secretary of State of Commerce and the high commissioner of the Spain brand as well as the business delegation were present at the meeting, where collaboration possibilities between Spanish and Russian companies were discussed.
Afterwards, in the Guest Residence of the Russian Government, Don Juan Carlos met with Dmitry Medvédev, Prime Minister of the Government and former President of the Russian Federation. The two ministers, the secretary of State of Commerce and the high commissioner of the Spain brand took part in the meeting when they tackled various issues like the processing of visas for Russian tourists visiting Spain, the economic cooperation among the two countries or the advances reached in relations after the Dual Russia-Spain Year in 2011. His Majesty did not forget to thank the Prime Minister for the State Prize of the Russian Federation he was awarded in 2011.
Later, Don Juan Carlos met with the Russian President Vladimir Putin, who at a ceremony held at the Grand Kremlin Palace, presented King Juan Carlos I with a certificate and honorary symbol of laureate of the Russian National Award for Outstanding Achievements in Humanitarian Work. His Majesty had been awarded this prize last year from the previous President and current Prime Minister, and donated the 250,000 euros prize to the earthquake stricken town of Lorca in Southern Spain.
In his speech King Juan Carlos remembered the fact that Russia was the first State to recognize the Cádiz Constitution of 1812, Spain’s first Constitution that celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. His Majesty also mentioned the situation in the Arab world, most particularly in Syria, and the need of an international cooperation within the framework of the United Nations to help solve the Syrian tragedy.
The visit ended with a working lunch presided by King Juan Carlos and President Putin, attended by both countries diplomatic and political delegations and the businessmen who participated in a Spain-Russia business forum.
- Speech by HM the King during the Award ceremony (Spanish)
- Speech by HM the King during the working lunch (Spanish)
- RTVE video and article of the visit (Spanish)
- The Voice of Russia: Putin meets with King of Spain in Kremlin
- President of Russia: Meeting with King Juan Carlos I of Spain
Photos: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos