Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have held talks in Moscow focusing on trade and economic relations.

Mr. Putin Tuesday praised the economic ties between the two countries as he welcomed the Argentine leader. He said the two countries could cooperate in atomic energy, space and high-technology.

The Argentine leader expressed support for easing visa restrictions between the two countries.

President Fernandez is heading a delegation of some 100 Argentine business leaders during her two-day visit.

The Argentine leader is to meet with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev on Wednesday.

Officials of the two countries will sign a statement on strategic partnership and a number of other documents on bilateral cooperation.

This is the first visit to Russia by an Argentine leader in 10 years. 

Some information for this report was provided by AP.