Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro thanked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday for his cooperation and medical aid amid the coronavirus outbreak.

“I just finished an important phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin,” Maduro said on Twitter. “On behalf of Venezuelans, I thanked him for his cooperation and humanitarian aid to face the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the health of the people.”

Putin also “guaranteed new shipments of health supplies” to Venezuela and expressed a “greater” need of joint efforts between two countries, to handle the pandemic, Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Both leaders condemned the

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