Bolivian FM says lithium deal has not been discussed with Russian Gazprom – MercoPress


Bolivian FM says lithium deal has not been discussed with Russian Gazprom

Monday, October 25, 2021 – 09:32 UTC

Russian company Gazprom has no lithium case, Mayta said

Bolivian Foreign Minister Rogelio Mayta on Sunday denied press reports that he had reached an agreement with the Russian government to mine lithium from the Salar de Uyuni during his recent trip to Moscow.

Mayta also described the publication of a Potosí outlet as a “major mistake”? and explained “disagree on lithium ?? had been reached with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

The Bolivian official also stressed that the Ministry of Energy and Hydrocarbons, in collaboration with the company YLB, was carrying out a process of selecting the company with which the lithium will be extracted and that these procedures were taking their natural course.

Regarding the alleged involvement of the Russian company Gazprom mentioned in the newspaper article, Mayta insisted that this Russian company in particular was not involved in the lithium issue because it was not its domain. job.

Mayta also considered that there was probably an error which “should be clarified so that there is no misunderstanding among the population and among those involved in the selection process.” enterprises.

The minister also explained that he had discussed with Lavrov issues of bilateral interest such as the work of the Joint Commission which ranges from culture, health, provision of vaccines, as well as state policies in the United Nations framework.

The two countries also agreed to an immediate end to foreign interference in the internal affairs of Latin American countries, including Cuba and Venezuela, according to a report by Tass.

?? We exchanged views on the situation in Latin America and the Caribbean, ?? Lavrov said.

We have spoken out in favor of the immediate cessation of interference in the internal affairs of countries in the region, including the end of the illegal trade, economic and financial blockade of Cuba, as well as the inadmissibility of Washington’s actions aimed at undermining development processes in countries like Venezuela and Nicaragua, ”he added.


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