In Caracas, Erdogan slams sanctions on Venezuela

Erdogan defies Trump, calls Maduro Bolivar

Erdogan defies Trump, calls Maduro Bolivar

"The president's plane has landed", he said.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday criticized sanctions on Venezuela during a visit to Caracas, while President Nicolas Maduro defended the country's right to export gold after USA sanctions last month targeted its shipments of the metal.

Last month, the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela's vice president on economic development, Jesus Faria, said Maduro could visit Russian Federation by the end of this year to discuss economic projects.

USA sanctions also target Venezuela's gold sales, but Maduro defiantly said that won't stop him from continuing his country's newfound trade with Turkey.

"We know that the countries want to dominate and press, as they do with the rest of the world, and they have even threatened their lives and personal integrity", stated Erdogan.

"Turkish investors will continue to develop and strengthen trade and the progress in oil production and refineries, petrochemicals for gold production, in diamonds, coltan, iron aluminum and tourism", said the Venezuelan president.

Prior to leaving for Moscow, Maduro hosted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks in Caracas, as well senior officials from North Korea and Iran.

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Maduro added he remains "in permanent contact" with the Russian leader. "You cannot punish a whole people to resolve political disagreements", he explained.

"We do not interfere in the trade of the USA or other countries, nobody should interfere with our commercial and economic activities", he said, stressing that the South American country would continue to legally export its gold resources. "We have strong potentials in our economic relations with Venezuela", Erdogan said.

He also praised Venezuela's socialist leader, saying Maduro's "exemplary attitude is very valuable at a time when enmity toward Islam has risen and Western countries are stoking hostility toward foreigners".

Both leaders are battling financial crises and have clashed with the USA in recent months.

Russian Federation and Venezuela enjoy a long history of ties and Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez, known for his passionate tirades against the United States, was a welcome guest at the Kremlin.

The US has accused Venezuela's government of violating human rights and triggering an economic meltdown.

"We also signed a contract to guarantee all the wheat - 600,000 tonnes of wheat for the bread of the Venezuelan people", said an ebullient Maduro in the message.

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