Venezuelan, Russian foreign ministers hold bilateral meeting on 75th anniversary of Victory Day

On the 75th anniversary of Victory Day in the Russian Federation, a date that coincides with the 199th anniversary of Venezuelan’s Battle of Carabobo on June 24, Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza held a meeting in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

The meeting provided an opportunity to assess their bilateral, strategic, cooperation alliance.

Minister Lavrov reaffirmed Russia’s respect for Venezuela’s sovereignty and self-determination, and his government’s support for the position of President Nicolás Maduro aimed at promoting a national dialogue in favor of peace in the South American country.

“We welcome the recent agreements with the opposition in the fight against coronavirus and the with the assistance of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO),” said Lavrov, who recalled the meeting he held with the Venezuelan opposition and government during his visit to Caracas last February.

Regarding the Caracas-Moscow alliance, he said cooperation relations are moving forward in different areas such as energy, industry, agriculture, technology, pharmaceutical industry and military cooperation.

“Venezuela is our friend in both Latin America and the international arena. We highly praise our relations as strategic partners on the basis of the agreements reached by Presidents Putin and Maduro,” stressed Lavrov.

The Russian foreign minister asserted Venezuela “is one of those countries having the strength to counter attempts to impose the 19th century Monroe Doctrine in the world,” and appreciated the presence of the Venezuelan delegation at the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Victory Day.

During the meeting, Foreign Minister Arreaza thanked the Russian Federation for its sincere and useful support for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

“In the recent difficult years of aggression against Venezuela, Russia has not only shown his will to defend international law, but also has extended its sincere, useful hand to us to overcome sanctions and the criminal blockade imposed (by the U.S. government) against Venezuela,” he said.

Arreaza also thanked the Russian Mission to the UN for taking the Venezuelan issue to the Security Council on two occasions.

“On the first occasion to assess the unusual, unjustified deployment of U.S. navy ships in the Caribbean, and on the second occasion to condemn a violent attempted incursion into Venezuelan territory with the participation of Colombia and the United States,” recalled Arreaza.

The Venezuelan foreign minister suggested that cooperation between the two countries can be expanded to other areas, and informed that in the next hours he will meet with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov to review the agenda of the Russia-Venezuela High Level Joint Commission.

The Moscow meeting is the third held by Ministers Arreaza and Lavrov this year. The first one took place in Caracas on February 7, and the second one in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 25.

Previous to this meeting, the Venezuelan diplomat attended a military parade hosted by President Vladimir Putin at the Red Square in Moscow.

This parade is held every year to commemorate the victory of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) over Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany in World War II.

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