- Title: Russian deputy prime minister in Venezuela to support Maduro
- Date: 5th October 2019
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (OCTOBER 5, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF VENEZUELAN AND RUSSIAN DELEGATIONS MEETING
- Embargoed: 19th October 2019 22:37
- Keywords: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov Caracas Moscow Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro power oil giant Rosneft
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AZTLZK7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov was in Caracas on Saturday (October 5) to underline Moscow's support for Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro that has helped him stay in power despite intense Western pressure to quit.
Moscow has acted as a lender of last resort for Venezuela's leftist administration, with the government and oil giant Rosneft providing at least $17 billion in loans and credit lines since 2006.
With dozens of Western and Latin American nations regarding Maduro as illegitimate, due to allegations he rigged a 2018 election, Russia and China's support have been crucial.
Presiding over a meeting of the Russian-Venezuelan intergovernmental commission in Caracas with Borisov, Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami thanked Moscow, especially for facilitating oil shipments despite U.S. sanctions.
The Interfax news agency quoted Borisov's office as saying he would also meet Maduro.
The Venezuelan leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin briefly discussed Caracas' debt obligations to Russia during Maduro's visit to Moscow last month.
The meeting between Maduro and the Russian official is due to happen days after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Cuba, an ally of Venezuela.
(Production: Efrain Otero, Geraldine Downer)
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