Ukraine: President of Venezuela expresses “strong support” for Putin

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expressed “strong support” for his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Tuesday, according to a Kremlin statement, as Russian troops continued their invasion of Ukraine.

According to the statement, “Nicolas Maduro expressed his strong support for major actions by Russia, condemned the destabilizing activity of the United States and NATO, and on the importance of countering the campaign of lies and propaganda launched by Western countries.” Insisted.” It turned out that the call took place on the “initiative of the Venezuelan side”.

Meanwhile, Putin “shared his vision of the situation regarding Ukraine, emphasizing that the objectives of the special military operation are the civilian population of the Donbass (pro-Russian separatist areas in eastern Ukraine, editor’s note), Kyiv’s was to protect the recognition of the DNR. and LNR (People’s Republic of Donetsk and Lugansk, self-proclaimed, editor’s note), as well as Russian sovereignty over Crimea, the demilitarization and demilitarization of the Ukrainian state and assurance of its neutral and non-nuclear status , according to the text.

Before the invasion, Maduro had already expressed his support for Russia, saying: “Venezuela is with Putin, he is with Russia. He is with the courageous and just cause in the world.”

Maduro recalled that his predecessor and mentor Hugo Chavez (1999-2013) had supported Russia when it intervened in Georgia, flying to aid the self-declared Republic of South Ossetia.

Moscow is one of President Nicolas Maduro’s main allies, whose re-election in 2018 was not recognized by part of the international community, and in particular by the United States, which seeks to oust him from power.

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Moscow and Caracas came together under the presidency of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, then skyrocketed thanks to oil production, especially weapons purchases from Russia.

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