Russia: Cooperation with Venezuela stabilizing factor against US pressure
Russia's Ambassador to Venezuela says that Russian specialists in Caracas are successfully cooperating with the VenezuelanArmy, "contributing to maintaining the combat readiness of the country's armed forces at a high level."
Russia's Ambassador to Venezuela, Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov, told Sputnik that the military-technical cooperation between Moscow and Caracas is a stabilizing factor against the backdrop of pressure from the US and NATO on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government.
Melik-Bagdasarov affirmed that Russian specialists in Caracas are successfully cooperating with the Venezuelan Army, "contributing to maintaining the combat readiness of the country's armed forces at a high level."
The Russian diplomat expressed his hope that the further strengthening of the military and military-technical cooperation between Moscow and Caracas will cool Washington's eagerness regarding the preparation of new armed aggression against the sovereignty and independence of Venezuela.
Commenting on the mutual interests of Moscow and Caracas in the field of military-technical cooperation, the Russian Ambassador noted that they are limited to the laws and international obligations of Venezuela.
"It is a harmonious combination of needs and opportunities," Melik-Bagdasarov added.
A history of cooperation
Cooperation between Russia and Latin America goes back to before the Cold War with the West, when the Soviet Union allied with several states in the continent, mainly Cuba, and utilized its alliance to get at Washington.
The Soviet-Cuban alliance led to what is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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