Russian President Vladimir Putin hails Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro on election win: Kremlin

Putin also hoped there would be a "national dialogue in the interests of the entire Venezuelan people," the statement said.

Published: 21st May 2018 11:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st May 2018 11:09 PM   |  A+A-

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores wave to supporters at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, May 20, 2018. | AP

By AFP

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin today congratulated his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on his re-election, after a vote the opposition rejected as a farce.

"The Russian president wished Maduro good health and success in resolving the social and economic issues facing the country," the Kremlin said in a statement.

Putin also hoped there would be a "national dialogue in the interests of the entire Venezuelan people," the statement said.

Maduro won 68 per cent of the vote in Sunday's election, far ahead of his nearest rival.

The main opposition boycotted the vote and charged it was rigged.

Even before it took place, the United States, Canada, the European Union and a dozen Latin American countries said they would not recognise the results.

Venezuela late last year signed a debt restructuring deal with its major creditor Russia, after it was hit hard by tumbling oil prices and American sanctions.

Russia and China are the two main creditors and allies of Venezuela, which owes them an estimated USD 8 billion and USD 28 billion respectively.

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