Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu expressed hope that Russian aircraft will continue landing at Venezuela’s airfields with naval fleets being serviced in the South American country’s ports, during unscheduled talks with his Venezuelan counterpart Vladimir Padrino Lopez in Moscow on Thursday.
“We do a good job in the field of education and in providing opportunities for our aircraft to make landings and our fleet to be serviced at airfields and in the ports of Venezuela. I think we will continue with it," said Shoigu noting that such military cooperation favours the interests of both Venezuela and Russia.
Speaking after the talks, the Venezuelan Minister of Defence noted that to date Russia and Venezuela have achieved certain results in the bilateral military engagement since the onset of the military relationship during the term of Former President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez.
“At this stage, the armed forces and services of the armed forces of the Republic of Venezuela have risen to an appropriate level and is quite prestigious. All this was done thanks to the support of the Russian Federation,” said Lopez.
He added that the Venezuelan armed forces’ level of preparation meets “the modern doctrine” and enables “to maintain peace and order” in Venezuela.
It is the third time Lopez has arrived in Moscow as a member of the Venezuelan delegation headed by President Nicolas Maduro.