Selin ATAY-TDO-Russia and Venezuela have raised cooperation to a level of strategic partners and allies amid US sanctions against Caracas, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on Saturday at a meeting of co-chairs of the bilateral intergovernmental commission.

"The talks between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Nicolas Maduro, held in Moscow on September 25, helped to conceptually discuss multifaceted, constructive cooperation between Russia and Venezuela as between strategic partners and allies," Borisov said.

According to Borisov, Maduro’s visit to Russia was a signal for international community. "I think that the US unilateral steps provide Russia with a unique chance to build our cooperation on a principally new foundation," Borisov said.

Presiding over a meeting of the Russian-Venezuelan intergovernmental commission in Caracas with Borisov, Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami thanked Moscow, especially for facilitating oil shipments despite U.S. sanctions. 

“Russian-Venezuelan relations are at their best moment and we’ve shown that in the middle of difficulties we can advance together, with efficient political and diplomatic coordination between both governments against the imperial siege and aggression which Russia also suffers,” he said.

Borisov reiterated Moscow’s support for Maduro, even though many other nations regard him as an autocrat and have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s president. Increasing bilateral trade “is a demonstration that President Nicolas Maduro’s government is legitimate,” Borisov was quoted as saying by Venezuelan state media. 

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