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Moscow not concerned about Maduro's contacts with Europe, says Russian envoy

"We see in the meeting of Macron and Maduro a sign that Europe is gradually starting to come back to reality, realizing that Venezuela has only one president - Maduro - and European leaders will have to build their relations with him," the diplomat stressed

MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Moscow is not worried about Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's contacts with European leaders because Caracas has a clear understanding of ‘who is who’, Russian envoy to Venezuela Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov told TASS.

"The practice of communication between heads of state ‘on the sidelines’ of major international events is quite common. Therefore, it is difficult to call the contact of the presidents of Venezuela and France an alarming signal," the envoy said, commenting on the information about the recent meeting of Maduro with French President Emmanuel Macron, "The Bolivarian leadership [of Venezuela] has a clear understanding of who is who."

"Rather, the opposite is true. We see in the meeting of Macron and Maduro a sign that Europe is gradually starting to come back to reality, realizing that Venezuela has only one president - Maduro - and European leaders will have to build their relations with him," the diplomat stressed.

Melik-Bagdasarov recalled that the West itself attempted in 2019 to burn bridges in relations with official Caracas. "Now it is trying to rebuild them. We support the Venezuelan government and its people in their quest to restore the justice and respect they deserve," he added.

On November 7, Agence France-Presse reported that Maduro and Macron held talks on the sidelines of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-27), which was held in Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh.