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As isolation of the Venezuelan government continues to grow, Russia has remained one of Venezuela’s staunchest allies. President Putin and the Russian government have provided a source of economic and military support, allowing Moscow a useful platform to expand its influence in the region.

In Part 1 of our Wilson Center NOW discussion, Victor Jeifets and Vladimir Rouvinski examine the Russia-Venezuela relationship from the perspective of the Russian government.

In Part 2 of our Wilson Center NOW coverage, Francisco Monaldi and Michael Penfold take a look at the situation from the perspective of Venezuela and the Maduro regime.


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