Venezuela and Russia focus on strengthening mutual cooperation agenda

Caracas, Jan 14 (EFE) .- Venezuela and Russia are focused on strengthening the cooperation agenda proposed for 2022 between both nations, as reported this Friday by the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Félix Plasencia. In a brief message on his Twitter account, the Venezuelan foreign minister indicated that the goal arose from a meeting with the Russian ambassador in Caracas, Sergey Mélik-Bagdasárov, in a meeting he described as “extraordinary.” “We held an extraordinary working meeting with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Mélik, with an eye on our 2022 bilateral agenda and focused on strengthening existing cooperation in various areas: politics, economy, culture and health, among others,” said the Venezuelan official. Although he did not offer further details of the meeting, Plasencia accompanied his message with a video in which he can be seen conversing with the Russian official. On December 21, both countries reviewed the bilateral cooperation agenda developed during 2021, and promised to continue advancing in mutual support, after the “fruitful” agreements reached in the areas of education, health, defense, technology, energy, housing , commerce and agriculture. The commitment was reached during a meeting between the Vice Minister for Multilateral Issues and National Coordinator before the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), Rubén Darío Molina, and the Russian ambassador in Caracas. , Sergey Melik-Baghdasarov. Russia is one of the greatest political and commercial allies of the Government of Nicolás Maduro, in power since 2013. The ties between the two countries were strengthened during the Government of the late President Hugo Chávez and remain in the Maduro Administration, even when, in 2019, several countries in the international community withdrew their recognition as president, after being re-elected in controversial elections a year earlier.

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