MOSCOW, June 22 (Itar-Tass) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will visit Russia on July 1-2 to take part in a summit of gas exporting countries.
The preparation of the visit was discussed by Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia Juan Paredes Torrealba and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Friday, June 21. Torrealba presented copies of his credentials to Ryabkov as the new Venezuelan ambassador to Russia.
Torrealba “conveyed a message of friendship, solidarity and readiness for cooperation from President Nicolas Maduro and Foreign Minister Elias Jaua,” the Venezuelan Embassy in Moscow said.
The diplomats also agreed to review the implementation of agreements on cooperation signed by the two countries earlier.
Ryabkov and Torrealba also discussed different aspects of the upcoming visit to Moscow by President Nicolas Maduro to take part in the second summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, to which he was invited by President Vladimir Putin.
On March 24, Maduro, who was acting president at that time, said he had received Putin’s invitation to attend the Moscow summit. “I will be there!” Maduro wrote on his Twitter account.
“Torrealba and Ryabkov recalled the efforts taken by Presidents Hugo Chavez and Vladimir Putin to raise relations between the two countries to the highest level and enlarge cooperation that is characterised not only by the number of agreements signed but also by the convergence of the two countries’ positions in the field of foreign policy and the struggle for building a multi-polar world where the rights of peoples to self-determination would be respected,” the Embassy said.
The diplomats reiterated their commitment to strengthening bilateral cooperation and holding regular consultations between their governments.