Alberto José Alonso
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Argentine Republic to Ukraine
Abstract. The article is devoted to the May Revolution in Argentina and the 25th anniversary of the opening of the representation of the Argentine Republic in Ukraine.
The May Revolution has its origins in the events of May 25, 1810. It was the day when the foundation act declaring the creation of the Argentine state was issued. Two hundred and eight years ago, the word “freedom” arose in the hearts of Argentines. Remembering the most significant moments of history, Argentines preserve and cherish their desire for peace and freedom.
Ukraine and Argentina are negotiating bilateral agreements on social security, extradition, mutual assistance in criminal and civil cases, tourism, cinematographic production, intellectual property protection, environmental safety. More than 50 bilateral agreements have already been signed by the two countries in recent years. The enhancement of cooperation is to be reiterated at the meetings of the Joint Commission for Economic and Trade Affairs in Buenos Aires. It is expected that those meetings would result in visits of delegations of Ukrainian businessmen to Argentina and vice versa.
The author draws attention to the unveiling of a commemorative sign dedicated to the father of the Argentine nation, General Don José de San Martín, in the garden square in front of the Embassy of the Argentine Republic to Ukraine.
The article also focuses on active efforts to spread the culture of Argentina through the Argentine House in Kyiv that offers a wide range of activities, including Argentine literature workshops, tango and folk dance classes, tourism seminars, movie screenings. The author argues that nothing brings people closer together than culture and concludes that relations between Ukraine and the Argentine Republic are at a high level.
Keywords. Argentine Republic, May Revolution, Ukraine, bilateral agreements, Argentine culture, economy, Buenos Aires.