Press TV, Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed negotiations between Venezuela's government and opposition groups that have been rejected by the leader of the main opposition to President Nicolas Maduro.
Putin announced his country’s support during a meeting with visiting Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday. Last week, a group of Venezuelan opposition parties agreed to enter a dialogue with Maduro's government. But larger groups, led by opposition leader Juan Guaido, rejected the move.
During the meeting, the two presidents discussed a wide range of issues from military to economic cooperation. Venezuelan president called the meeting very important.
Military-technical cooperation between the countries has been developing since the beginning of the 2000s. Russia has been a strong backer of Maduro as the US has stepped up pressure on the Venezuelan leader. Maduro last visited Russia in December 2018.
Together with the Venezuelan state-owned oil and gas company PDVSA, Russian Rosneft is implementing projects. During Maduro’s previous visit in December 2018, it was decided that Russia would invest five billion dollars in the Venezuelan oil industry.
The Russian leader has repeatedly pointed out that the crisis in Venezuela must be resolved by the people themselves through dialogue, consultation and interaction between various political forces. Putin noted that Russia continues to consistently support the legitimate government and people of Venezuela in solving the complex problems they face.
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