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Putin and Maduro Agree to ‘Strengthen Strategic Partnership’ in Phone Meeting

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Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which they agreed to “strengthen” relations between their countries and accused the United States and NATO of “destabilizing actions.”

In a tweet published by Maduro this Tuesday afternoon, the heir of Chavez said he placed himself at Putin’s disposal “in favor of understanding and dialogue” in view of the tense situation in Ukraine.

Maduro stands with Russia in Ukraine invasion

Separately, as reported by Reuters, the Kremlin also issued a statement in reference to the conversation, stating that Maduro expressed support for the military actions Russia took against Ukraine in the last week.

The two sides agreed to “strengthen their strategic partnership” in light of the consequences of the invasion, which has left Russia cut off from the international financial communications network SWIFT, a move sanctioned by the United States and the European Union.

“Vladimir Putin shared his assessments of developments around Ukraine, noting that the goals of the special military operation are to protect civilians in Donbas, Kyiv’s recognizing the DPR and LPR [the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics] and Russia’s sovereignty over Crimea, as well as the demilitarization and denazification of the Ukrainian state, and ensuring its neutral and nuclear-free status,” the statement reads.

Only Venezuela, Cuba, China and Eritrea expressed support for Russia last Monday during the UN Human Rights Council. Meanwhile, the Russian representation in the Security Council vetoed any action or provision on the brutal invasion against Ukraine.

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