The Vice President and Chancellor, Marta Lucía Ramírez, together with the Minister of Defense, Diego Molano, expressed their concern to Nikolay Tavdumadze, Russian ambassador to Colombia, regarding the risk that cooperation with Venezuela, through military equipment, could end in the hands of illegal armed groups operating on both sides of the border.
The ambassador assured that he reaffirmed that “Your country’s cooperation in Venezuela can never be used to attack any country in the region or affect its stability.”. It was also agreed to preserve the diplomatic, constructive and respectful dialogue in order to increase the bilateral relationship between the two countries to achieve greater educational, cultural and commercial cooperation.
“We were concerned that the mechanisms and military equipment that are part of the support agreement between Venezuela and Russia could end in the hands of armed groups seeking to harm Colombia (…) that is why diplomatic channels are used according to those concerns”, assured Minister Molano.
The Vice President demanded that the Russian Government use the end user certificate protocol which would guarantee that no other actor uses Russian weapons outside of the Venezuelan armed forces.