Presidents Maduro, Putin coordinate strategic efforts amid COVID-19

The Presidents of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro and the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin held on Monday, April 20, a telephone conversation to coordinate efforts in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and other measures with the international community to fight this threat.

The Venezuelan president expressed his gratitude for Russia’s assistance, including the supply of COVID-19 test kits.

During the conversation, the two presidents discussed the need of strengthening their fraternal and supportive ties and agreed to meet once the pandemic is overcome.

Likewise, they condemned the U.S. government’s imposition of unilateral coercive measures on Venezuela.

In this regard, President Putin referred to his proposal to the G-20 group, in coordination with proposals from the G-77+China group, to create “Green Corridors,” a strategy to allow countries under economic war and sanctions to purchase essential goods to provide care to their people amid the pandemic and economic restrictions.

This proposal includes a moratorium on the imposition of sanctions so that countries affected can have free access to their funds and international accounts to face COVID-19.

Both presidents addressed the oil market’s situation and agreed to fully support the OPEC+ mechanism that comes into force on May 1.

They also agreed that in 2020, beyond the current situation and any other world circumstance that may arise, Venezuela and Russia should move forward with the strategic consolidation of their relation in all fields of their joint work.

The Russian president ratified his support to the Bolivarian Government and insisted on consolidating a common front with Russia. He also reiterated his invitation to President Nicolás Maduro to visit Moscow on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War, whose rescheduled date will soon be announced.

President Maduro assured they are working tirelessly on humanitarian political agreements with all sectors of the Venezuelan opposition in the face of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

High-Level Meetings

In February 2020, during a Latin American tour, Sergei Lavrov, minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, paid an official visit to Venezuela, where he held meetings with his Venezuelan counterpart Jorge Arreaza, Vice President Delcy Rodríguez and President Nicolás Maduro.

In September 2019, President Nicolás Maduro visited Moscow, where he held a high-level meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Russia-Venezuela Strategic Alliance

Venezuela and Russia have forged an important strategic alliance in the last two decades, both bilaterally and multilaterally, which has enabled the endorsement of hundreds of cooperation agreements in different fields such as energy, economy, technology, industry and military.

The strength of the Russia-Venezuela cooperation rests on energy, financial and technical-military foundations and it is carried out through the Venezuela-Russia High-Level Intergovernmental Commission (CIAN), which has held 14 meetings so far.

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