Russia’s Federation Council is ready to establish direct contacts with the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly elected in 2017 for designing a draft of the country’s new constitution, Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachev said on Friday.

“We are ready to take it as a partner. I have asked Venezuela’s Deputy Foreign Minister to tell his colleagues in the Constituent National Assembly that we are ready to establish direct ties. They do not exist so far, though we are ready to establish them,” he said following the meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Ivan Gil, adding that so far Russian parliamentarians do not plan to pay a visit to the country.

According to Kosachev, the issues of humanitarian aid and economic development support are being discussed within the intergovernmental commission. “It is being held today in Moscow. From the side of Russia’s parliament we have voiced support to providing that aid in the future as well,” he noted.

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