Russian Defense Minister Assures Venezuela of Help against US

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Venezuelan counterpart Vladimir Padrino in Moscow. Foto: urdupoint.com

HAVANA TIMES – Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu expressed support on Thursday for oil-rich Venezuela’s efforts to counter “attempts by the United States to change the legally elected government,” reported dpa news.

Shoigu made the comment at a meeting with Venezuelan counterpart Vladimir Padrino Lopez in Moscow, according to excerpts of their conversation carried by the Russian state news agency TASS.

“We support the efforts of Venezuela aimed at carrying out an independent foreign policy and fighting the attempts by the US to change the legally elected government,” Shoigu was quoted as saying.

Russia is one of the crisis-hit Venezuelan government’s strongest backers, along with China and Cuba, having provided billions of dollars in credit to the South American country in recent years.

Amid food and medicine shortages, Venezuela’s oil-dependent economy has teetered on the verge of collapse, inciting mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro.

The United States has condemned Maduro and backs his political rival, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself interim president.

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


11 thoughts on “Russian Defense Minister Assures Venezuela of Help against US

  • Remember Kevin when your hero Maduro eventually flees, that he who laughs last, laughs longest. As for Simon Bolivar, he is much admired for his numerous battles against the Spanish “ignorance, tyranny and vice”. That is understandable, for he emerged from the Age of Enlightenment and was a particular admirer of the Scottish Enlightenment – carrying a copy with him of Adam Smith’s ‘The Wealth of Nations’ and also as a Freemason – initiated in 1803 – being conferred as a Master Mason in the “Scottish Mother of St, Alexander of Scotland”. Bolivar much admired the US revolution and having no children of his own, paid for his nephew to attend the Philidelphia Germantown Academy and the University of Virginia.
    Virtually all political parties in South America claim Bolivar as one of their own, so you are far from being a sole admirer!
    I have nothing to “get over”, for I address the future and Maduro will be but a footnote to the history of Hugo Chavez and failed Marxist policies.

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