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Vladimir Putin praised the new president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, argued that that country could become an ally for Russia, and stressed that he wants to maintain a friendly relationship with his government.
“He is a promising partner of Russia in Latin America with whom we are interested in maintaining friendly relations,” Putin said during his welcome to Colombia’s ambassador to Russia, Hector Arenas Neira, and the ambassadors of Uruguay, Venezuela, and ten other countries from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania.
According to various Colombian media, during the meeting, Putin emphasized that he agrees with Petro’s commercial vision. “We share the recent words of the new President Petro on the constructive approach towards the intensification of relations in the spheres of trade, energy, infrastructure, science and technology, education and culture,” he said.
Similarly, the Russian government assured it will continue to support the peace process in Colombia.
Petro’s government close to dictatorial regimes
On June 19, Gustavo Petro was elected president of Colombia. Since his candidacy, he has been criticized for his ties to regimes such as those in Cuba and Venezuela, and his position regarding the violation of human rights in those countries.
Since taking office as president, Petro has normalized relations between Colombia and Venezuela. In fact, at the beginning of the month, Colombia’s new ambassador, who traveled to Caracas to present his credentials, assured that they would be evaluating the withdrawal of the lawsuit that his country issued against Maduro before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity in Venezuela.
During an interview with Bloomberg, Armando Benedetti was asked if Petro’s government would withdraw the request for investigation of Maduro’s government, to which the ambassador answered, “I think so. What Duque did was a mistake in foreign relations.”