6 March 2013, 11:12

Putin sends condolences to Venezuelan people over Chavez's death

Putin sends condolences to Venezuelan people over Chavez's death

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his condolences to the Venezuelan people over President Hugo Chavez's death and says he is convinced that Russia and Venezuela should continue to strengthen their bilateral relations, the Kremlin press service reported on Wednesday.

Putin addressed his "sincere condolences" to Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro and all Venezuelan people, calling Chavez "an outstanding leader and manager and Russia's close friend."

"Vladimir Putin highly praised the Venezuelan leader's personal efforts that helped lay a solid foundation of Russian-Venezuelan partnership, arrange active political contacts and launch far-reaching humanitarian and economic projects and expressed his conviction of the need to further follow this way, strengthening and developing the relationship between Russia and Venezuela," it said.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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