The inauguration ceremony of the new president of Argentina, Javier Miley, took place in Buenos Aires. A politician who calls himself an anarcho-capitalist and libertarian won the recent presidential election.
Among the foreign guests who came to Miley’s inauguration ceremony is the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. This is his first visit to Latin America after the beginning of the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. Miley previously repeatedly spoke out in support of Ukraine and condemned Russian aggression.
On his way to Argentina, Zelensky, as he reported in a telegram, stopped at the Cape Verde Islands, where he held talks with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Cape Verde. Upon his arrival in Buenos Aires, he met with the presidents of three Latin American states – Paraguay, Uruguay and Ecuador – as well as with French President Emmanuel Macron. Zelensky, in particular, told the President of France that a possible decision by the European Council to start negotiations with Kyiv on joining the EU would be important for Ukraine. According to Zelenskyi, this decision “will have a significant impact on the motivation of Ukrainian society and the army.” At the same time, it is known that Hungary opposes the start of negotiations, and it is not yet clear whether the EU partners will be able to convince Budapest before the summit, which will be held on December 14-15. As can be seen from the footage of the inauguration broadcast, Zelensky also spoke with Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Buenos Aires. The exchange of opinions took place right in the meeting hall of the Argentine parliament, it was not officially reported what the leaders talked about.
After the inauguration, Zelensky warmly greeted the new president of Argentina. In social networks video appearedon which politicians embraced.
Economist Javier Miley won the second round of Argentina’s presidential election on November 19, ahead of right-wing Peronist candidate Sergio Ma. Political observers clify his ideological and economic views as a bizarre mixture of right-wing, anarchist, libertarian and conservative ideas, and he himself is called a populist. Miley himself named the former presidents of the USA and Brazil – Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro – as his role models in politics, and the central idea of his campaign was the curtailment of the powers of the state, including in the economic sphere. Among other things, he questioned the need for the country to join BRICS, the club of the world’s largest non-Western economies, which includes Russia. In foreign policy, in contrast to the leaders of a number of other Latin American countries, Miley urged to focus on the United States, he spoke in support of Israel, as well as Ukraine.
In his first speech as president, Miley promised the country “an era of peace and prosperity”, while noting that the country’s economy is in a difficult state. Annual inflation in the country now exceeds 140%, and two out of five Argentines live in poverty.