UPDATED 9:36 AM — Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Venezuela and Russia are joining together in the energy and finance sectors. In a news conference Monday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced — what he called — strategic agreements made between the two countries.
“13 agreements were signed, eight technical submissions were celebrated in the areas of transportation, culture, agriculture, education, science, industry, mining and commerce, finance, energy, and technical-military cooperation,” he announced.
The bilateral cooperation seems to further the Russian-Venezuelan alliance despite President Trump’s warning late last month for the Kremlin to get out of Venezuela.
The agreement comes after the U.S. imposed sanctions on Venezuelan crude oil as well as officials tied to embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
During the conference, Arreaza insisted the sanctions have not affected the country.
“They say that Venezuela is isolated with the commercial and financial blockade, they try to give the impression that Venezuela is isolated — nothing is further from that,” he stated.
The foreign minister resorted to accusing the U.S. of imperialism, which is a tactic the Maduro regime has used in the past to undermine U.S. intervention in the struggling nation.
Russia and Venezuela are currently implementing joint investments in several sectors, including agriculture, energy and defense technology.