Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will negotiate with his Venezuelan colleague Rafael Ramirez in Moscow on Wednesday.
"Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov will hold negotiations with Ramirez, who is paying an official visit to the Russian Federation, in Moscow on October 8. This is his first trip to our country in the capacity of the Venezuelan foreign minister," a report posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website quoted ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich as saying.
Ramirez, the then Petroleum and Mining Minister and CEO of Venezuela's largest state oil company PDVSA, visited Russia many times and made a weighty contribution to the promotion of joint projects and programs, primarily, in the field of oil production, he said.
"Venezuela is a leading partner of Russia in Latin America and on the international scene. Our countries have laid down substantial groundwork for broader interaction in the promotion of a fairer and more democratic world order based on the supremacy of international law, the central and coordinating role of the UN in global peace and security issues, and the prevention of attempts to impose a diktat of force in global affairs and push certain "universal values" and behavioral standards on sovereign states and nations," Lukashevich said.
Russia and Venezuela demonstrate their unity in the assessment of the Ukrainian events, approaches to the Middle East peace process and some other global affairs, he noted. "Our countries hold close positions at the UN, the UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council) and other multilateral areas," Lukashevich said.
"Venezuela plays a significant role in the development of Latin American integration, which is especially important against the backdrop of a trend towards a higher role and influence of that region in international affairs. We are interested in advancing cooperation with Caracas in the format of such influential associations of Latin America and the Caribbean basin as the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), the Union of South American Nations (USAN) and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). We are set to develop a regular mechanism of political dialogue and cooperation in the Russia-CELAC format," he added.
Venezuela is Russia's second trade and economic partner in Latin America, after Brazil, and the bilateral trade turnover stood at $2.45 billion in 2013, he said.
"There are plans to start joint practical efforts towards the development of shelf deposits, the construction of a thermal power plant in Venezuela using petroleum coke, and the launch of a joint venture to enhance oil recovery from old fields. Russian-Venezuelan military-technological cooperation is in progress," Lukashevich said.
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