Vladimir Padrino has had "negotiations" with his Russian colleague.
In the course of the talks the parties have discussed present (2015) issues of military and technical cooperation between the two countries, as well as have exchanged their opinions concerning the key problems of the global and regional security.
The Head of the Russian Ministry of Defence remarked the similarity between Russia and Venezuela concerning global security problems: “Our countries condemn attempts from the part of certain states to dictate by force ”, said the Army General Sergei Shoigu. “We note the determination of our Venezuela partners to cooperate with us in the handling of the most serious problems which the world community has to face”. The Russian Defence Minister also emphasized that the election of Venezuela as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2015-2016 is a manifestation the country’s active attitude to international affairs.
General Shoigu expressed his hope that during the negotiations the parties would be able to “check notes concerning the main issues of the global community as well as to discuss the situation in Latin America".
According to the minister, “Russia and Venezuela have always had friendly relations (*) reinforced by political, trade and economic, military, technical and cultural mutually advantageous cooperation”. He quoted the President Putin who claimed that Venezuela was not just our friend but a close partner, one of the leading partners in Latin America. “This was proved by the results of the high-level negotiations which defined the main directions of our further cooperation in all fields”.
The Russian Minister mentioned, “According to the presidents of both countries, all the bilateral projects and plans are being successfully implemented”. He also highlighted the symbolism of their meeting facing the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Venezuela. Sergei Shoigu also thanked the Minister and the Government of Venezuela for support “for the defence of the historical truth, in my opinion it is very important facing the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory. We highly appreciate the recognition by Venezuela of the decisive role of the Soviet Union in the achieving the victory over Nazism”.
The Russian Minister announced that he had accepted the invitation of General Padrino to participate at a number of exercises of the Armed Forces of Venezuela: “I accept your invitation for a friendly call of the Russian Navy ships at the ports of Venezuela. Last year the Russian Navy ships have performed a friendly call at the ports of Venezuela. We hope that this year we will be able to repeat it. With great pleasure we accept this invitation”. According to his words, the Russian Air Force can carry out similar work.
The Russian Minister expressed his hope that the cooperation concerning the exchange of students of higher military education institutions would be extended. “We are committed to invite children from officers’ families to receive education in our Cadet and Suvorov Schools”. He noted that these educational institutions have very rich traditions. “The main point is that it will be possible to make foundation for further friendly relations between both nations and our Armed Forces”. (12.02.2015)
Nota: (*)El ruso obvió la puñalada del Esequibo.