Venezuela remains loyal to Russia, but open for business with the United States

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Headquarters of the public oil company PDVSA in Caracas, capital of Venezuela.| Photo: Miguel Gutiérrez / EFE

Venezuela is a “committed ally” of Russia, but it is open to doing business with the United States, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Felix Plasencia said at the Diplomatic Forum in Antalya, Turkey, on Saturday (12). On the occasion, the Minister of the South American country met the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell.

“We are committed allies of the Russian government and we respect its President, Vladimir Putin, as a responsible member of the international community. We are confident that he will do what is best for the people,” he said. Plasencia in an interview with Turkish News. Anadolu agency.made in English.

At the same time, Plasencia fully supported a hypothetical return of US oil companies to Venezuela after high-level contacts with Washington last week.

“We have been doing oil business with American companies for 100 years. We have never asked them to leave the country. I hope they respect the sovereignty and legitimacy of my country. If they respect it, we can do a lot together in the oil business,” the Chancellor said.

Plasencia says that Venezuela currently produces one million barrels of oil per day and reiterated that it will reach two million by the end of the year. “We will reach this level with reliable partners, such as Russia, China and Iran,” said the Venezuelan minister, who also said there was always room to expand fuel trade with the United States. United.

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