By Dialogo April 06, 2010 President Dmitry Medvedev will travel to Argentina and Brazil next week, the Kremlin said, as Russia strengthens relationships in the region. Medvedev’s visits will be his second foray into Latin America since he became president in 2008. In November of that year, he travelled on a major four-nation tour to Peru, Brazil, Venezuela and Cuba. The Argentine foreign ministry said last month Medvedev’s trip, which will include a meeting with President Cristina Kirchner, would be the first official visit by a Russian head of state in 125 years of bilateral relations. Russia hosted the first BRIC summit last June. Medvedev was set to travel to Latin America from Washington where he was scheduled to attend a nuclear summit hosted by US President Barack Obama. On April 14-15, Medvedev will travel to Argentina on an official visit, followed by a trip to Brazil on April 15-16, the Kremlin said in a statement. In Brazil, Medvedev will join leaders of Brazil, India and China in a second summit of the world’s major emerging economies known collectively as the BRIC countries.