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Russia will strengthen cooperation with Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua

Russia will strengthen its strategic cooperation with Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua in "all areas" including the technical-military, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared on Wednesday during a speech in the Russian Parliament, agencies report.

"As for Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, we have very close relations and strategic cooperation in all areas: in the economy, culture, education and military-technical cooperation," said the head of Russian diplomacy.

Lavrov pointed out that during recent talks with the leaders of the three countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to further strengthen ties with Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, says EFE.

""During President Putin's recent telephone conversations with his colleagues from these three states that are very close and friendly to us, they agreed to examine new ways to deepen our strategic partnership in all areas without exception", intervening in the State Duma (Lower House of the Russian Parliament)," Lavrov said.

The Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, held a telephone call last Thursday with his Russian counterpart in which he conveyed his rejection "to the campaigns of provocations and manipulations against Russia."

With the Cuban leader, Miguel Díaz-Canel, Putin spoke on Monday, amid increased tensions with the United States.

The leaders discussed bilateral cooperation, including the help in the fight against covid-19 that Moscow provides to Havana.