Coming soon in Sharm el-Sheikh, a city in Egypt where the 27th United Nations Climate Conference (COP[..] is being held ), the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and the dictator of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, spoke of the possibility of “bilateral work” between the two countries.
The two heads of state met during the event and exchanged a handshake. During the conversation, Macron expressed his intention to “talk a little more and start bilateral work that will be useful for the country and the region” – adding that “the continent he’s getting himself together.”
Maduro spoke about the conversation in a Twitter post. “Excellent handshake with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, within the framework of the COP27, which is undoubtedly a meeting point between governments and countries of the world. The doors of Venezuela are open to the French people”, wrote the dictator.
Macron and Maduro, however, did not give further details on what this partnership would look like. Venezuela recently offered to help the European Union on energy issues, at a time when the bloc and the United States are chasing oil to lower the price of the commodity and curb inflation. However, for this, Caracas calls for an end to sanctions against the country.
Interestingly, at the same time they try to increase oil production, also to reduce Russian revenues from export of the product (money that Moscow invests in the aggression against Ukraine), the USA and the EU demonize the commodity and preach the reduction of its use to stop climate change.
In his speech at the COP27 this Monday, Macron stated that the quest to reduce carbon emissions cannot be compromised by the current geopolitical moment.
“The climate urgency is here, not for tomorrow [..]. We will not sacrifice our climate commitments for Russia’s energy threats,” Macron claimed, also referring to the reactivation of coal-fired power plants in the bloc due to reduced Russian gas imports.