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MOSCOW, February 17. /TASS/. Russia’s relations with Venezuela have reached a principally new level of strategic partnership, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday in a congratulatory telegram to his Venezuelan counterpart, Delcy Rodriguez, on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
"On February 17, Russia and Venezuela are marking a major jubilee - the 160th anniversary of the establishment of interstate relations," the ministry said. "On this jubilee occasion, Russian and Venezuelan Foreign Ministers, Sergey Lavrov and Delcy Rodriguez, exchanged congratulatory telegrams."
"In his telegram, Lavrov stressed that in the recent decades our relations have reached a principally new level of strategic partnership. The two countries have established productive cooperation in the political, trade-and-economic, scientific-and-technical, military, humanitarian and other spheres," the ministry said.
In her turn, Rodriguez pointed to the consolidated efforts of the two countries against attempts by some countries to impose their approaches on others in bypassing of the norms of international law and the United Nations Charter. "The Venezuelan minister also expressed the hope that Russia and Venezuela will continue to follow the path of peace, development, social justice and independence," the Russian foreign ministry noted.