Putin to Receive Maduro as Pressure Mounts for Venezuelan Ruler to Quit

Russia and Vladimir Putín are, along with Raul Castro and Cuba Nicolas Maduro’s main supporters. File photo

HAVANA TIMES – Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday in Moscow, the Kremlin has confirmed, amid mounting pressure for Maduro to resign, reports dpa news.

The announcement comes after the Organization of American States, which comprises all countries of North and South America, including Venezuela, adopted a resolution on Monday condemning Maduro’s government as an “illegitimate regime.”

The resolution sought to single out Maduro’s associates who are suspected of committing actions that violate international law.

Shortly after the resolution was passed, Maduro tweeted Monday that he was going to Russia on an official visit to “look for new ways that intensify cooperation.”

Confirming the meeting, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the leaders planned to discuss the issue of “direct foreign interference in the [South American] region’s affairs,” according to comments carried by Russian state news agency TASS.

Venezuela’s oil-dependent economy has faced food and medicine shortages and teetered on the brink of collapse, inciting mass protests against Maduro and prompting opposition leader Juan Guaido to declare himself interim president earlier this year.

The United States and a number of other western nations have condemned Maduro and backed his political rival Guaido.

Russia, one of the crisis-hit Venezuelan government’s strongest backers, expressed support earlier this month for Maduro’s efforts to counter “attempts by the United States to change the legally elected government.”

Russian defense specialists have conducted at least two publicized visits to Venezuela this year as the countries maintain close military ties.

3 thoughts on “Putin to Receive Maduro as Pressure Mounts for Venezuelan Ruler to Quit

  • I wonder Moses, how Putin will manage to “insure” the “assurance”?

  • I agree. Cuban leadership also recognize that remaining tethered to the Maduro regime is becoming more of a liability than an asset. The meeting with Putin is probably Maduro giving Putin final assurances that Russian loans to Venezuela will remain a priority after Maduro’s departure.

  • “new ways that intensify cooperation” is a neat phrase to describe a begging bowl. Maduro is up to his neck in debt and the economy of Venezuela has collapsed under his policies copied from the Fidel Castro instruction book.
    In seeking aid from Putin, he is addressing an autocrat with deep financial and economic problems of his own and is unlikely to achieve more than the odd visit of a Russian warship as illustrated by the visit of the Admiral Gorshkov – which served Russia posing as a world power, but which in reality has a smaller economy than Canada.
    When Maduro is no longer able to pay his multitude of generals and their multi-coloured uniforms and feathered hats, he will lose his power to control. What will happen then? Why, he will accept the hospitality of his bosom pal Miguel Diaz-Canel and Cubans will pay to keep him in the luxury to which he is accustomed. What Venezuelans lose, Cubans will gain – how lucky can they be?

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