Russian-Venezuelan agreement against drug trafficking does not include military bases

Moscow, Sept 8. – The agreement signed to fight against drug trafficking between Venezuela and Russia, which is among the eight agreements signed past August, does not implies the settlement of military bases, because country’s sovereignty would be called into question and current technology owns more modern and effective means to fight this problem.

The charge d’affaires of the Embassy of Russia to Venezuela, Vladimir Tokmakov, made these statements during an interview offered to Venezuelan media outlets to evaluate the scope of the next visit of the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, to Russia.

“We (Russian people) do not want to take advantage of any territory of a friend country, signing agreements to harm its neighbors. I would say that is the main difference between the agreement signed by Venezuela and Russia and the one endorsed by United States and Colombia. We are not going to create military conclaves in foreign territories to fight against drug trafficking. Luckily, there are more modern and feasible mechanisms to do it,” he stated.

In this sense, Tokmakov questioned that media corporations and the Venezuelan political opposition insist on demonize the agreements endorsed between both nations, making emphasis on the technical-military area field and minimizing other issues.

The Inter-governmental Top Level Commission was created to identify mutual interest issues that could be object of new agreements between Russia and Venezuela and to keep revising the agreements that have been already signed. The sixth meeting took place in August in Minsk, Russia’s capital.

Eight new agreements were endorsed at the meeting in the following areas: use of atomic energy with peaceful purposes; fight against drug trafficking; double taxation; air services; elimination of visas to increase the touristic flow; environment; fishing industry; and a touristic cooperation work plan 2009-2010.

“If these last agreements would take into account, people would understand that there is no ground to say that our relation with Venezuela is only technical-military. However, we see how the media insists on spreading it, giving a negative connotation to the issue. If they mention any agreement, the talk about the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes, but eliminating the last part (with peaceful purposes), ” he criticized.

Furthermore, Tokmakov explained that the eighth visit of Chavez to Russia will revolve around the energy field and the creation of a binational bank, a proposal in which both governments have been working in order to finance integral development projects.

“The development in the energy sector is a priority for our economic cooperation. This is our strength and we are using it to power other areas. The progress made in this field cannot be hidden. Gazprom and other Russian companies are taking part actively at the exploration and exploitation of new oil and natural gas fields in Venezuela. At the same time, the agreements include technology transfer,” he added.

Regarding the creation of a Russian-Venezuelan bank, he underscored that such proposal has to be interpreted as the seek of new financial formulas due to the critical conditions of the world capitalist system, including the bankruptcy of the most “prestigious” banks of the planet.


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