Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a press conference alongside Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez after his meeting with the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Friday.
After taking part in a round-table discussion between the government and the opposition, Lavrov noted that all the parts “confirmed to us that this national dialogue is widely open to the participation of any other representatives of the Venezuelan society.”
The Russian minister noted that Moscow and Caracas agreed “on the improvement of work to increase trade, economic, investment, humanitarian cooperation under the illegal sanctions.”
Rodriguez for her part said that “today’s dialogue has shown that Venezuela is opened to diplomacy” mentioning that the only way for “Venezuela’s development goes through peace and mutual understanding.”
Lavrov also condemned the “illegal pressure” that was exerted by the US, confirming the Russian respect for the sovereignty of Venezuela.
Lavrov invited the Venezuelan president to visit Moscow on the 75th-anniversary celebration of victory in the Great Patriotic War on May 9.
The Russian diplomat’s visit to Venezuela is the last stop of his three-country Latin American tour.