Russia is strengthening its relations with the Venezuelan government, retaining a powerful supportive block in Latin America’s leftist political parties.
Carlos Faría, Venezuela’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, recently travelled to Moscow, meeting his Russian counterpart, Serguéi Lavrov, with the aim of deepening the two country’s joint-cooperation agreements. This follows the Kremlin’s bestowal of the ‘Order of Friendship’ upon Mr. Faría a few weeks ago.
At a time when Russia’s relations with geographically proximate allies appear compromised, as in the case of Serbia failing to recognize eastern Ukrainian referendums and annexations to the Russian Federation, the latter can still rely on Latin American support.
Interestingly, this is an area in which Washington and Moscow converge, given that the Biden administration is engaging in something of a rapprochement with Venezuela.