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Telephone conversation with President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro

April 20, 2020

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro at the initiative of the Venezuelan side.

Issues regarding the fight against the spread of the coronavirus were discussed. Nicolas Maduro expressed gratitude for the assistance rendered by Russia including a supply of test systems.

The leaders stressed the importance of coordinated steps by the international community to fight this new global threat including the implementation of Vladimir Putin’s initiative on setting up “green corridors” free from trade wars and sanctions to supply medications, food, equipment and technologies, for the duration of the crisis.

As the parties shared opinions on developments in the global oil market, they stressed the great importance of the agreement reached by OPEC+ on the coordinated reduction of oil production.

Current issues of furthering the Russian-Venezuelan strategic partnership were touched upon, primarily in trade and the economy. Russia reaffirmed its support for efforts by Venezuela’s legitimate government to settle the domestic political discord via a nation-wide dialogue. The leaders emphasised the unacceptability of destructive external interference in Venezuela’s affairs.

It was agreed to maintain contacts at various levels including the respective health ministries.

April 20, 2020