“We totally help the place of our Venezuelan mates,” Lavrov stated. “It’s their nation … and we’re going to help it in any approach in order that the Venezuelan economic system turns into an unbiased economic system from the pressures of the USA and different western actors.”
Lavrov’s remarks had been translated from Russian to Spanish by a government-provided translator.
Gil and Lavrov, who was anticipated to additionally meet with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, stated their international locations are creating a substitute for SWIFT, the system that allows world monetary transactions however to which key Russian banks misplaced entry final 12 months. These banks had been reduce off as a part of financial sanctions imposed on Russia at the beginning of the warfare in Ukraine final 12 months.
Russia, together with China, is an unconditional ally of the Venezuelan authorities. Its help has allowed it to avoid crippling financial sanctions meant to oust Maduro.
Lavrov started his tour of Latin America on Monday with a cease in Brazil. He will even go to Cuba and Nicaragua.
Even earlier than they had been united by a struggle towards financial sanctions, Venezuela had solid a detailed relationship with Russia and made multi-million-dollar acquisitions of helicopters, fighter planes and Kalashnikov rifles.