UPDATE 2-Russia deepens energy cooperation with Argentina
* Russia seeking new alliances since sanctions hit
* Putin says ties with Argentina on a new level (Adds Falklands comments)
By Denis Pinchuk
MOSCOW, April 23 (Reuters) - Russia and Argentina signed documents deepening energy cooperation on Thursday, underlining Moscow's drive to develop ties with South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
At a ceremony in the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez hailed the agreements as opening a new stage in relations as well as boosting cooperation on gas and nuclear energy in Argentina.
Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom signed a memorandum on cooperation with Argentinian state oil company YPF , while Russia's Rosatom signed a similar deal for construction of a nuclear power plant in Argentina.
"Russia and Argentina are developing their cooperation in the energy sphere," Putin told row upon row of government officials.
"We have set new goals and long-term objectives. And as you have seen, a serious package of documents has been signed," he said, describing relations with Argentina as a "comprehensive and strategic partnership."
Putin said Gazprom was considering the possibility of jointly developing hydrocarbon deposits in Argentina and heavy machinery producer Uralmash planned to form a joint venture with Argentine partners to produce oil equipment in Argentina. Continuación...