Venezuelan minister describes meeting with Russian ambassador as “extraordinary”

Encontro do ministro das Relações Exteriores venezuelano, Félix Plasencia, com o embaixador russo no país,  Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov

Meeting of the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Félix Plasencia, with the Russian ambassador in the country, Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov| Photo: Playback/Twitter

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Félix Plasencia, said this Friday () that your country and Russia seek to strengthen an agenda of mutual cooperation planned for 2022.

In a short message on Twitter, the minister indicated that the objective came from a meeting held with the Russian ambassador in Caracas, Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov, in a meeting that he described as “extraordinary”.

“We held an extraordinary working meeting with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Melik, with an eye on our bilateral agenda of 2021 and focusing on the strengthening existing cooperation in several areas: politics, economy, culture and health, among others”, said the Venezuelan foreign minister.

In 21 December, the two countries analyzed the bilateral cooperation agenda developed during 2021 and committed to continue advancing in mutual support, after the “fruitful” agreements reached in the areas of education, health, defense, technology, energy, housing, trade and agriculture.

Russia is one of the biggest political and commercial allies of the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro, which has been in power since .

In the last days, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said he could neither “confirm nor exclude” the possibility of sending Russian military equipment and troops to Cuba and Venezuela, if Washington’s pressure continues amid the crisis. Russian with western countries because of Ukraine.