Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's opening remarks at a meeting with President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro, Caracas, February 7, 2020
First of all, please accept the kindest greetings and the wishes of Russian President Vladimir Putin for your continued success. He has warm recollections of the September 2019 meeting with you and the substantial agreements achieved there.
Today Executive Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and I discussed specific steps needed to ensure the timely and effective implementation of all the agreements. We paid special attention to the steps being taken by Venezuela and Russia to protect our trade and economic ties from the illegal sanctions and egregious pressure being exerted on Venezuela by the United States.