King In Russia For Spanish Loss

King Felipe was in Russia today for the World Cup game between Spain and Russia.

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The King worked to comfort the Spanish team after a lackluster showing and elimination.

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King Felipe also took the opportunity to meet with Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev.

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King Meets With Lavror, Lagarde

King Juan Carlos today met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at Zarzuela Palace, in what was likely a less than comfortable encounter.

Lavrov’s pre-scheduled visit to Spain came amid tough talk between the European Union and Russia regarding Ukraine.

At Zarzuela Palace.
Lavrov is to the King’s right.

Several European countries, including Spain, have tried to forge closer economic relations with Russia.

The King visited Russia and President Vladimir Putin in 2012.

Yesterday His Majesty was in Bilbao for an economic development forum with International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde.

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The King touted reforms by the Spanish government, which he said are improving the financial and employment situation.

King Meet with Putin, Medvedev

King Juan Carlos today finished a two-day business trip to Russia, where he met with President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Don Juan Carlos was accompanied by top Spanish politicians and business leaders, including from multinational energy companies Iberdrola SA and Repsol SA.

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President Putin officially awarded the King the officials State Prize of the Russian Federation. Don Juan Carlos will donate the 125,000 euros that come with the award to restoration efforts in the wake of the earthquake in Lorca, Spain.

King Juan Carlos with President Putin.
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During meetings, the King spoke about Spain’s relations with Russia. He said that the first Russian ambassador to Spain arrived in Cadiz in 1667. He added that Russia was the first country to recognize the Cadiz Cortes, born from the 1812 Constitution.

The King said Russia had become a partner of first order with Europe and promised Spanish friendship. But he also stressed the need for international cooperation and United Nations involvement in the Syria conflict.

Ambassadors Present Credentials at Royal Palace

Today King Juan Carlos welcomed several new ambassadors to the Kingdom of Spain at the Royal Palace in Madrid.

King Juan Carlos with the Panamanian ambassador.
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His Majesty received credentials from Roberto Eduardo Arango of Panama, Bakyt Dyussenbayev of Kazakhstan, Paulo Da Silva of Guinea-Bissau, Emmanuelle Restelli of San Marino and Russia’s Yuri P. Korchagin.