Venezuela's Maduro visits Belarus, holds military talks

Venezuela's Maduro visits Belarus, holds military talks

"This is not just possible, it's necessary", he said.

Maduro added that the trip was also paved "the way energy agreements for the state-run oil company PDVSA". "A multi-polar world where everyone can find their place".

"I believe there is no force above that of the will of the people and we think that most of the time, foreign interventions deepen the problems", Erdogan said following talks with Maduro, expressing optimism that the Latin American nation will soon overcome its current "difficult period" with "ease, dialogue and compromise".

Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro hailed a "new era" in relations with Turkey after being welcomed by counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at his Ankara palace, saying both countries believed in a different, multi-polar world.

Venezuela has been going through months of upheaval with critics accusing the leftist Maduro of a naked power grab in July with the formation of a Constituent Assembly packed with his allies.

Venezuelan state news outlet VTV quotes Maduro as stating that he is seeking closer ties to Turkey because "Turkey is one of the emerging nations of the 21st Century, a powerful country with a long history with which we have been exploring, working, and creating new forms of cooperation".

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A wave of protests between April and July left some 125 people dead.

Belarus, Russia's neighbor and ally, has exported wheat, fertilizers and medicines to Venezuela.

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Erdogan said Turkey planned to build a mosque in Caracas and hailed flag-carrier Turkish Airlines for keeping flights going to the capital when other airlines stopped.

Venezuelan socialist state media has dubbed Maduro's travels the "Bolivarian Peace Diplomacy Tour", and notes Maduro has already visited Belarus and Algeria in addition to Russia.