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Maduro receives Russian Foreign Minister in Caracas to strengthen bilateral cooperation

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduroreceived on Tuesday night the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrova meeting with which the official of the Eurasian giant closes his visit in Caracaswhere the representatives of both nations promised to expand bilateral cooperation.

The meeting, held at the presidential palace in miraflores -headquarters of the Executive-, ended without statements to the media, despite the fact that they had been summoned for the activity.

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However, Maduro had advanced the day before that they would address bilateral cooperation and the presence of Russia in Latin America and the Caribbeaninformation that was not confirmed this Tuesday by the protagonists.

the state channel Venezuelan Television (VTV) reported that both officials met to address the “cooperation map, relevant issues on the international agenda, the challenges of current geopolitics and ongoing projects“, Besides of “impact of Russia’s presence” in Latin America and the Caribbean as “great ally” region of.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister of External relationships Venezuelan, Yvan Gilwith whom, previously, Lavrov met at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry, where they agreed “expand the rhythm and also volumes” of cooperation in the fields of oil, medicine, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and new technologies, among other areas, according to the Russian official.

After the meeting, Maduro fired Lavrov, who plans to visit Cuba and Nicaragua -countries that maintain intense economic and political relations with Russia- as part of his Latin American tour, which began in Brazil.

During your visit in Caracasthe Russian foreign minister also met with the executive vice president, delcy rodriguez.

Both governments maintainintense economic and political relations” that are reflected in the agreements signed, the most recent, in December, in the areas of health, energy and maritime transport, among others, according to VTV.

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This Tuesday, both countries agreed, during the meeting of their foreign ministers, a series of “new deals” in matters of culture and education, which include the opening, in the next academic year, of 200 scholarships for Venezuelan citizens to study in Russian universities.

Venezuela and Russia, which celebrated the 78th anniversary of their diplomatic relations in March, have strengthened ties and cooperation since the arrival of the so-called Bolivarian revolution in the Caribbean country in 1999.

Source: Elcomercio

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