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    Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations Rafael Ramirez said that Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet on Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with deputies of Venezuela's United Socialist Party (PSUV) and ministers at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, in this handout picture provided by Miraflores Palace on January 22, 2016
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    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet on Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations, Rafael Ramirez told Sputnik Tuesday.

    "Tomorrow, the meeting will be between the foreign ministers," Ramirez said.

    Relations between Caracas and Moscow are "very strong," Ramirez noted, explaining that Russia and Venezuela have many shared geopolitical interests.

    "[We] have a lot of agreements on cooperation in the economic sphere, military cooperation and the oil sector," the ambassador said.

    Politically, Venezuela and Russia share common ground, as both countries seek a "multipolar world" where "not only the United States is conducting everything," Ramirez stated.

    Venezuela remains one of Russia’s strongest trading partners in Latin America. In 2015, Venezuela imported more than $3.2 billion in arms from Russia, according to independent arms sales analysts. Venezuela was also a strong advocate, along with Russia, in calling for a freeze in oil production by the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries earlier this year, as low oil prices strained both nations’ economic growth.

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