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Lavrov, his Venezuelan counterpart to discuss counteraction to Western sanctions in Moscow

It was earlier announced that the two top diplomats also planned to outline steps to expand comprehensive bilateral cooperation

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Venezuelan counterpart, Yvan Gil Pinto, will discuss efforts to counteract Western pressure, prospects for strategic partnership and the pressing international issues at an upcoming meeting in Moscow on Thursday.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced ahead of the coming talks that the two top diplomats planned to outline steps to expand comprehensive bilateral cooperation, discuss building a cooperation model that would be resistant to sanctions as well as issues on the UN agenda.

The latest escalation between Palestine and Israel has been one of the most sensitive topics at the United Nations of late. Venezuela has already condemned Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip, while its regional neighbor, Bolivia, went ahead and severed relations with the Jewish state. At the same time, a number of Latin American countries have recalled their ambassadors from Israel. Venezuela’s top diplomat will perhaps disclose the approaches of regional players to the Middle East crisis to Lavrov and hear Moscow’s assessments of the situation in detail.