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In the opposition they want the government to cut ties with Russia

After Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero ruled out that the Government is going to adopt some type of sanctions against Moscow such as those being applied by the United States and the European Union, the opposition in Argentina began to debate what measures to demand so that the country cuts some of its ties with the Russian Federation.

“Argentina does not consider that they are a mechanism to generate peace and harmony, or generate a frank dialogue table that serves to save lives,” Cafiero had said in early March when the Government abandoned a more lukewarm tone that it had initially maintained and risked a more open demand for Russia to stop its invasion of Ukraine, which today is already a humanitarian tragedy in the heart of Europe.

On that train, with its notable internal differences, in Together for Change they began to hear the proposals to claim the Government so that it feels somehow a punishment in Moscow.

This weekend from the Secretary of International Relations of the PRO, Fulvio Pompeo, the former Secretary of Strategic Affairs of Mauricio Macri, raised along with other leaders such as former Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie that Fernández should be asked to demand the resignation of the Permanent Mechanism of Dialogue that the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States signed with Moscow in 2015.

CELAC signed another with China more recently, but now Argentina presides over this forum and could, they say, renounce said agreement. They agreed to advance with this proposal, although if the members of CELAC are observed -including Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, three strong allies to Moscow- it would not have the slightest chance of prospering.

The riskiest of the proposals came from the hawks grouped behind the president of the PRO, Patricia Bullrich. It was a man like him, deputy Gerardo Milman, who launched the idea of ​​demanding that the government expel the Russian ambassador, Dmitry Feoktistov, from Argentina.

Immediately, within the opposition they branded it plain and simple “insane”. Always off, among the PROs themselves they distanced themselves from the idea of ​​expelling the ambassador of one of the member countries of the United Nations Security Council, who in addition to being an ally of Argentina in the Malvinas issue, had not committed an act against this country directly.

While Bullrich, Milman and MP Waldo Wolff launched the colorful plan to “march” to kyiv to “face” Putin’s tanks with their bodies, Together for Change they welcomed the deployment of Ukrainian flags in Congress. And so they did on March 1, when Alberto Fernández gave his opening speech for ordinary sessions.

In the midst of all this, the Civic Coalition called on the Government to inform the nature of the agreement signed by the Minister of Defense, Jorge Taiana, so that officers and non-commissioned officers of the Armed Forces would receive training in Russian military academies.

And with that, the men and women who respond to the leader of the Civic Coalition, Elisa Carrió, called for the suspension of these agreements, which are also part of a larger link between Russia and China: at the end of 2015 this was raised to the category of Comprehensive Strategic Alliance, which covers all areas, such as with China.

Government sources consulted by ClarionThey see no reason to advance in cutting ties with Moscow. They consider that the condemnation they have made within the United Nations Human Rights Council, currently chaired by Argentina, is enough.

Moreover, at a time when the noise in the Foreign Ministry had already been silenced due to the latent differences between the pro-Russian groups, such as Deputy Foreign Minister Pablo Tettamanti, former ambassador to Moscow, and the Albertista area, such as Cafiero himself, more inclined to condemn Russian attacks on Ukrainian territory.

As this newspaper had anticipated, between the two there were strong tugs over the tenor of the claim against Russia. There are also those regarding the relationship with the United States, with China, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Differences that also escalate in the same link between Cristina Kirchner and Alberto Fernández

However, for months now, the sensitive areas that Tettamanti used to manage have been rearranged under the purview of Luciana Tito, Cafiero’s chief of staff, who for a few weeks has been in charge of the political decisions that generate anger.

In other cases, too, when it comes to the link with the region, it is led by Gustavo Martínez Pandiani, Undersecretary for Latin American Affairs of Argentina, a career diplomat, as well as a man for the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Sergio Massa.

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