Caracas invites Russia to set up free economic zones in Venezuela

Venezuela expects Russia to take part in the establishment of free economic zones in this country, says Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez.

Venezuela expects Russia to take part in the establishment of free economic zones in this country, says Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez.

"We want Russia to take part in the development of special economic zones that are currently being set up in Venezuela. The matter concerns zones for the development of commercial enterprises, electric power enterprises, and agricultural enterprises that would produce foodstuffs both for our country and other countries," Rodriguez said in summing up outcomes of negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a press conference on May 27.

"Such special economic zones offer new opportunities for cooperation, and we have made the Russian Federation aware of this and have seen interest on Russia's part," she said.

Venezuela supports Russia's position on Ukraine, she said.

"We fully support Russia on the international arena and support its position on Ukraine," she said.

Venezuela is determined to oppose coups d'etat in light of the events ongoing in Ukraine, she said.

"We categorically deny the application of sanction policies against our states, and we intend to oppose coups in [other] countries," she said.

Russia and Venezuela have become targets of a non-traditional war on the part of Western countries, she said.

"Both Russia and Venezuela have become targets of a non-traditional war: as a rule, the matter is about military occupation, but what humankind is experiencing today is something else. We see new forms of toppling governments, we see the toppling of legitimate and constitutional governments. The matter concerns warfare through the media, through economic and financial tools," she said.

Rodriguez suggested that Russia and Venezuela exchange information on what happens and how to counter these unlawful methods aimed at toppling legitimate governments.

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