Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, involved in a political fight with opponent Juan Guaidó, arrived in Moscow today for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, where he will address “interference by third countries” in Venezuela.
In a Twitter message, Maduro said that he travels to Russia to “reinforce” the historical and very positive ties ”between the two countries.
“The fraternity we have built for years is a fundamental axis in building a prosperous future in Venezuela,” he wrote in the message.
The two presidents meet on Wednesday to “address regional issues first and foremost about Ibero-American business and the direct interference of third countries in Ibero-American affairs,” according to the Kremlin.
The meeting will be followed by "Russian-Venezuelan talks over breakfast," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov. "All aspects of bilateral cooperation will be discussed."
Nicolás Maduro said on Monday that he was going to Russia to "meet with our friend Comrade President Vladimir Putin" without specifying the duration of this official visit.
The Venezuelan President, faced with the worst economic crisis in recent Venezuelan history, also announced meetings with the leaders of "major Russian companies".
Nicolás Maduro's last visit to Russia dates back to December, where he was received in Moscow by Putin.
In power since 2013, the Venezuelan President was reelected for a second term in 2018 following an opposition boycotted ballot that rejected the results, as do dozens of countries.
In late January, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself interim president but failed to fend off his internal rival, including through an appeal for a "national uprising" also directed at the military.
Guaidó is recognized as interim president by about 50 countries, but Russia and China are among the states that continue to legitimize and support Maduro.
Among the Maduro-friendly countries are the United States, which has adopted numerous economic sanctions aimed at pressuring the Government of Caracas, including an oil embargo, Venezuela's main resource.