Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin passes on "words of support and solidarity" to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a meeting with Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez in Moscow on Friday.

Lavrov went on to say that it is important for the two countries to "work closely and coordinate actions on the international arena" since "Venezuela is being subjected to a frontal attack and shameless interference in internal affairs."

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez conveyed gratitude from President Nicolas Maduro and the Venezuelan people "for the support that the Russian Federation is giving."

Venezuela is currently in the midst of a tumultuous political crisis. It started at the beginning of the year, when lawmaker Juan Guaido was elected as president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, which all other government branches have been refusing to recognise since 2016.

On January 23, Guaido declared himself the country's "interim president." Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called Guaido's move an attempt to stage a coup orchestrated by Washington.


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