CARACAS- The sovereignty of Syria and Iran should be defended against 'foreign interferences.' Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation during which they agreed on the need to craft a common approach to defend "the independence and sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Islamic Republic of Iran, against the harassment and interference by foreign powers.
In a statement issued by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez and Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin affirmed Wednesday the need to defend the indepdence and sovreigty of Syria and Iran from the siege and interference in their internal affairs carried out by colonialist countries. “The independence and sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Islamic Republic of Iran, against the harassment and interference by foreign powers” added the Venezuela release.
In bilateral issues the Venezuelan release underlines the strength of the strategic links between both countries which ended 2011 with trade having reached 1.4 billion dollars.
While Chavez has openly expressed support for the beleaguered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Moscow opposes any foreign intervention and the use of force against Syria as happened in Libya, and advanced that it will reject any UN resolution proposal that includes sanctions against the regime.
For his part, Russian Putin pointed out as great achievements of 2011 the recent launching of the Russian-Venezuelan bi-national bank and the advance of technical-military cooperation. According to the Russian corporation for the export of military equipment, Venezuela in the last five years has spent 11 billion dollars becoming the main client for Russian arms in Latin America.
The Kremlin leader also confirmed that Russian companies will be investing in the development of the huge shale deposits in the Orinoco basin.
Finally Putin congratulated Chavez on his marathon presentation before the National Assembly of the ‘state of the Nation’ which lasted for nine hours and was described as an “exemplary democratic exercise”.
Press reports indicated that Chavez and Putin discussed this matter during a phone call in which the two discussed issues related to the strategic cooperation between Russia and Venezuela which covers various fields of commercial, financial, economic, industrial and military cooperation.