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Maduro travels to Russia to meet with Putin

September 24, 2019

The meeting will take place on Wednesday and will address the interference of “third countries” in Latin American affairs

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has announced that he will travel to Russia on Monday for an official visit where he will meet with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, as well as business groups in the country.

“I will meet our friend fellow President Vladimir Putin with his work teams, to meet important business groups from Russia,” said the Venezuelan president from the Miraflores Palace, ensuring that his trip will help Caracas and Moscow look for new ways to boost bilateral relations.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov, the meeting between the two leaders will take place on Wednesday and will focus on “the projects that are still being implemented and the most diverse aspects of bilateral cooperation.”

Putin and Maduro will also exchange views “on regional issues” and in particular “the open interference of third countries in Latin American affairs,” said Peskov, according to the Russian agency Sputnik.

The two presidents are expected to maintain a “face to face” after which there will be a “working breakfast” in which there will be negotiations between the two countries, the spokesman added, without going into more details.

For his part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is scheduled to meet on the margins of the UN General Assembly with the Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, according to Friday's office spokeswoman, Maria Zajarova, who said He has not ruled out that there may also be an encounter with the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.