Nicolás Maduro travels to Russia to strengthen relations

There is room for all of us inside Venezuela, said Nicolás Maduro

There is room for all of us inside Venezuela, said Nicolás Maduro

  |  Miraflores Palace/Reuters

The President of Venezuela will depart in the next few hours to Russia to strengthen bilateral relations and to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

"I am going to meet our friend Vladimir Putin, his work teams, review the dynamics of our bilateral relationship and the map of cooperation, look for new ways to streamline all (government) plans", said the head of the Venezuelan state.

Nicolás Maduro was speaking at 6:30 p.m. (Caracas time) at the Miraflores Presidential Palace (11:30 p.m. in Lisbon), at a press conference broadcast live and whose coverage was mandatory to the country's radios and televisions.

"I am going to Russia to continue strengthening international relations with the new world, the pluralistic and multi-center world," he said.

According to Nicolás Maduro, "Venezuela has a clear course that is set out in the Constitution, in the Plan of the Fatherland 2020-2025 (Government program), that of building a new, multi-center and democratic world."

Maduro's trip to Russia happens after Moscow expressed concern last week over the possible re-incorporation of Venezuela, at the request of the opposition, into the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), which provides for cooperation and mutual defense between the countries of the continent in the event of an armed attack.

Moscow accuses Washington of recklessly promoting an military intervention in Venezuela and of supporting the Venezuelan opposition, led by the President of the Parliament Juan Guaidó.

On Monday, 16 out of TIAR's 19 states accepted the reincorporation of Venezuela and announced that they will identify and sanction officials of the Government of Nicolás Maduro allegedly linked to human rights violations, corruption and other illicit activities.