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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Acting Vice President of Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez, Moscow, March 1, 2019

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Ms Acting Vice President,

Friends,

We are glad to welcome you to Moscow.

Venezuela is a strategic partner of the Russian Federation. Last December in Moscow, the presidents of our countries, Vladimir Putin and Nicolas Maduro, discussed the further development of our cooperation. In the current circumstances, I would like to emphasise in particular that President Vladimir Putin has sent his words of support and solidarity to his colleague and friend, President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro.

We work in close collaboration with your country and coordinate our actions at the international arena. Right now, when Venezuela is subjected to a frontal attack and impudent interference in its domestic affairs, this is gaining particular significance. We will strongly resist such attempts and protect the ideals, norms and principles of the UN Charter.

We support the steps of President Nicolas Maduro’s government aimed at resolving social and economic issues. We are certain that the upcoming meeting of the Russian-Venezuelan High-Level Intergovernmental Commission will also be helpful in this context.

Welcome.

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