Russian Vice Prime Minister will visit Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov will visit Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba this week to continue intergovernmental exchanges with those countries on trade and economic cooperation, the Executive of the Eurasian nation reported today.

Borisov’s trip will begin this Wednesday in Caracas, tomorrow, February 17, he will continue in Managua and end on February 18 in Havana, his office in Moscow reported, according to the TASS news agency.

He stressed that the intention of the visit will be to discuss ways to optimize bilateral trade and promote economic cooperation between the countries.

On behalf of the Russian Government, Borísov heads the intergovernmental commissions for commercial, economic and technical cooperation with Venezuela and Cuba, which have been meeting dynamically every year, even despite the restrictions caused by Covid-19.

The Russian delegation will include representatives of ministries and departments in charge of various areas of commercial, economic, scientific and technical cooperation with these countries.

In particular, it is made up of officials from the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Agriculture, among others.

On January 26, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov highlighted that President Vladimir Putin agreed to expand strategic cooperation in all areas during exchanges with the heads of state of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Speaking at a plenary session of the State Duma (Lower House of Parliament), the senior official recalled that recent telephone conversations between the Russian president and his Cuban counterparts, Miguel Díaz-Canel, were focused on these issues; from Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega; and from Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.

The Russian Foreign Minister stressed that Moscow has developed very close strategic partnership relations with the three countries in all areas of economic, cultural, educational and military-technical development.

“In the course of recent telephone conversations, President Putin and his colleagues from these three very close friendly states agreed to consider new ways to deepen our strategic partnership in all areas without exception,” he stressed.

He stated that his Government hopes that in the very near future the periodic meetings of the pertinent commissions will be resumed and the results of the cooperation proposals will be presented.

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