Putin's victories are our victories, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told Russia's State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin on Tuesday during funerary ceremonies in Havana to mark the passing away of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
We're all looking towards Putin, Maduro added. •For us, he is an emblem of fighting for independence and multipolar world,” said the Venezuelan head of state as he asked Volodin to convey wishes of sound health to Putin, it was reported.
Earlier this week, Maduro admitted he had met with Castro more often than it had been made public. “Every two months I visited him,” said Maduro, whose career would have never existed had it not been for Castro.
Fidel played a key role in the ascent to power of Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013. Chavez was elected to the presidency in late 1998 and after taking office in 1999 he sent oil (currently, some 100,000 barrels a day) and money to Cuba in order to secure support in the form of thousands of cooperation workers, officially teachers and doctors, but in practice spies and militia, according to the Venezuelan opposition and local NGO’s.
Aware of his medical condition, Chavez personally picked Maduro to be his successor.