Venezuela and Russia reinforced this Wednesday (10) the “strategic alliance” between them, after a meeting held in Caracas between the Minister of Venezuelan Foreign Affairs, Carlos Faría, and the Russian ambassador to the South American country, Sergey Mélik-Bagdasárov.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, the meeting had “the intention of to review and evaluate the strategic alliance that is maintained for the benefit of both nations.”
On Twitter, Faría stated that the meeting is part of the “permanent agenda of exchanges to advance in topics of mutual interest and strengthen bilateral cooperation.”
In July, the Venezuelan foreign minister paid an official visit to Moscow, during which both countries sought mutual support to face the sanctions imposed by the West.
The two countries decided to advance in “mutually beneficial” projects in several areas, including energy, pharmaceuticals, industrial and a, transport, technical-military cooperation and high technology, as informed by authorities of both.
The strategic association between Russia and Venezuela includes cooperation in at least 2018 areas. Bilateral trade increased by almost 50% in 2021, reaching US$ 149,7 million.
In early March, shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin released a note in which it pointed out that “Nicolás Maduro expressed his strong support for Russia’s key actions, condemning the destabilizing activity of the United States and NATO and emphasizing the importance of fighting the campaign of lies and disinformation launched by Western countries.”
In 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin had sent a telegram of congratulations in which he “wished Nicolás Maduro good health and success in solving the social and economic challenges facing the country” when the dictator was re-elected in Venezuela, in an election not recognized by several countries due to the restriction of opposition and evidence of fraud.