(Caracas) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on tour in Latin America, said Tuesday in Caracas that it was necessary to “unite forces” to counter Western “blackmail”.

“It is necessary to join forces to counter blackmail attempts and illegal unilateral pressures from the West,” Lavrov said during a press conference with his Venezuelan counterpart Yvan Gil, referring to “a multipolar world “.

After Brazil, Venezuela is the second leg of Mr. Lavrov’s tour of Latin America. He must also go to Cuba and Nicaragua.

“Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua are countries choosing their own path,” he said. These three countries have socialist-inspired governments and have difficult relations with the United States.

The Russian minister also addressed the war in Ukraine, assuring: “We will resolve the situation in Ukraine and other conflicts in the world through the principles of the United Nations Charter on the sovereign equity of States, on the principle of the indivisibility of security”.

“Our task is to ensure that the UN Charter is applied in full and that the right to self-determination is not taken away when it suits the West,” he added.

Venezuela, which had already been a key Russian ally since the days of President Hugo Chavez (1999-2013), repeatedly expressed its support for Russia and Vladimir Putin before and after the start of the war in Ukraine. .

Russia has notably helped Venezuela circumvent sanctions imposed by the United States and other Western powers.

Russia has also faced sanctions from the European Union and the United States since attacking Ukraine.