Russia, Venezuela expand strategic military partnership — RT EN

17 Feb 2022 10:23 pm

Venezuela’s President Maduro received a government delegation from Russia in Caracas on February 16. Among other things, the sides agreed to expand their military relations. Maduro said that the bilateral relationship is getting deeper.

On February 16, a Russian government delegation held talks with the Venezuelan leadership on a wide range of issues. In the capital Caracas, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borissov, Head of the Interstate High Commission for Trade, Economic and Technical Cooperation between Russia and Venezuela (CIAN), met with Vice President Delcy Rodríguez, Foreign Minister Félix Plasencia and Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami. Ahead of the commission’s 20th anniversary, which will be marked this year, Borissov said:

“Our task is to implement bilateral development across the wide spectrum of cooperation.”

????? Se realizó la Reunión de la Comisión Intergubernamental de Alto Nivel (CIAN)- instrumento de cooperación???? que se celebra su 20º aniversario este añoBorísov: ?Nuestra tarea es convertir el desarrollo bilateral en la prá.ctica amplia gama de la cooperación

— EmbajadaRusaVEN (@EmbajadaRusaVen) February 16, 2022

The Russian delegation was also received by President Nicolás Maduro at the Miraflores Palace. The Venezuelan leader said the sides discussed all aspects of their cooperation in trade, energy and finance. Geopolitics was also discussed. After signing several strategic agreements between the two countries, Maduro stated:

“We reviewed the state of bilateral cooperation between Russia and Venezuela and touched on each aspect individually. I can say that each time the Russian-Venezuelan relationship is reaching a higher strategic level, deepening and gaining historical strength.”

At the same time, Maduro announced that there would be more bilateral exercises with Russian army personnel. Military cooperation was reviewed to defend peace, sovereignty and territorial integrity. The President pleaded for a multipolar world “without hegemonic empires”. As a sister nation, Russia can count on the full support of the Bolivarian Republic in its fight against “threats from NATO” and the West. The diplomacy of peace will always triumph in the defense of justice and truth.

La hermana nación Rusia cuenta con el apoyo de Venezuela y el Gobierno Bolivariano en la lucha que está dando para disipar las amenazas de la OTAN y seguir siendo un territorio pacifista y soberano. La Diplomacia de Paz siempre triunfará en defense de la justicia y la verdad.

— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) February 17, 2022

The negotiations were not just about expanding military cooperation. Maduro thanked the Russian government for helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The head of state emphasized that the strengthening of economic ties between Moscow and Caracas is already bearing fruit. According to Borissov, trade turnover between the two countries in 2021 grew by 50 percent compared to the previous year.

In the field of tourism, Maduro proposed increasing the number of weekly direct flights between Moscow and Caracas. In the past two months, more than 15,000 tourists from Russia have visited the South American country. There are also more and more tourists from other Latin American countries flying to Moscow via Caracas.

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