The National Government welcomed the Russian Air Force that participates in the combined operational flights between the Russian Federation and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 2018.

For Venezuela, the event was led by the Minister for Defense, General Chief, Vladimir Padrino López, who stressed that both nations have built a true friendship.

“Welcome to the Homeland of the Liberator Simón Bolívar and the commander Hugo Chávez (…) Russia-Venezuela relations have been building more than a cooperation, a friendship”, he said.

The combined operational flights Russia-Venezuela 2018, represent a demonstration of strength that will aim at the integration of aviation means, both Russian and Venezuelan, in terms of military technical cooperation and the exchange of experiences.

#NOTICIA?|| Los vuelos operativos combinados Rusia-Venezuela 2018, representan una demostración de fuerza que tendrá como objetivo la integración de medios de aviación, tanto rusos como venezolanos, en términos de la cooperación técnico militar y el intercambio de experiencias.

— Prensa FANB (@PrensaFANB) December 10, 2018

From the ramp No. 4 of Simón Bolívar International Airport, in Maiquetía, next to the Superior General Staff of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), Padrino López said that “nobody in the world fears for the presence of logistic aircraft that have trodden Venezuelan territory, we are builders of peace, not war”.

“We are preparing to defend Venezuela, to the last corner when necessary, we will do it with our friends, who defend respectful relations between States”, the official added.

For his part, the Russian ambassador in Venezuela, Vladímir Zaemskiy, said that one of the areas of cooperation between both nations is the military, “it is developing in a very fruitful way in recent times; Long live Venezuela! Long live Russia! Long live the Russian-Venezuelan friendship!”

#AHORA ?|| Desde la rampa N°4 del Aeropuerto Internacional Simón Bolívar, en Maiquetía, G/J @vladimirpadrino, junto al Estado Mayor Superior de la #FANB, da la bienvenida a la Fuerza Aérea Rusa que participará en los vuelos operativos combinados Rusia-Venezuela 2018.

— Prensa FANB (@PrensaFANB) December 10, 2018

?|| G/J @vladimirpadrino: “Hemos venido todo el Estado Mayor Superior de la #FANB, a decirle a la Comisión de la Fuerza Aérea Rusa: ¡Bienvenidos! A la patria del héroe Libertador Simón Bolívar y de nuestro Comandante Hugo Chávez”.

— Prensa FANB (@PrensaFANB) December 10, 2018


People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations of Venezuela