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Russia supports Venezuela's policy — FM

May 27, 2015, 14:27 UTC+3

Russia is planning to develop relations of strategic partnership with Venezuela

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MOSCOW, May 27. /TASS/. Russia supports Venezuela's policy aimed at a nationwide dialogue with no foreign intervention, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.

"We have confirmed solidarity with the people of Venezuela and our firm support for the policy of the government of President [Nicolas] Maduro aimed at preventing destabilisation of the situation, organisation of nationwide dialogue with the constructive opposition in order to resolve any emerging problems within the constitutional framework and without any foreign intervention," Lavrov said after talks with his Venezuelan counterpart, Delcy Rodriguez.

He also praised Russian-Veenzuelan cooperation in the United Nations and other international organizations.

Russia, Venezuela continue military-technical, trade cooperation

 Venezuela Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said Russia and Venezuela have discussed the energy sector and military and technical cooperation. 

"Today we discussed the issues of trade, energy sector and military and technical cooperation. We continue this cooperation that has been maintained between us over the past years," Rodriguez said.

The Venezuelan foreign minister said "the military and technical cooperation is very important if it is developing very successfully."

Speaking on the other areas of the economic cooperation between the two countries, she mentioned consideration of issues on free economic zones, agriculture sector and implementation of social programs.

Russia set to develop strategic partnership with Venezuela

Lavrov noted that Russia is planning to develop relations of strategic partnership with Venezuela.

This is the fourth visit of the Venezuelan foreign minister to Moscow this year. Last time, she and Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro came to the Russian capital on May 9 to attend the Victory Day celebrations.

"Maduro’s message to Russian President Vladimir Putin received wide publicity then," Lavrov said.

"The cooperation between Russia and Venezuela is characterized by strategic partnership and its foundation was laid by President Hugo Chavez," Lavrov said. "We are planning to advance it," he added.

Lavrov reminded that this year Russia and Venezuela celebrate the 70th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations. "We are entering a new decade with the commitment to achieve new results," he said.

The Venezuelan foreign minister’s visit and the session of the Russian-Venezuelan intergovernmental commission on Tuesday will contribute to this, he stressed.

Lavrov noted that during the talks on Wednesday he expects to discuss bilateral ties and the tasks that were set by the president and also international cooperation including between Russia and Latin America and coordination of actions in the UN Security Council.

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