Following the news that Russia wants military bases in Cuba, here’s another interesting note: Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro palsying with Putin at the World Energy Congress in Instanbul.
Putin announced that
non-Opec member Russia was ready to work with the cartel in imposing measures to limit oil production, in comments that propelled the price of crude to its highest levels in a year.
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Nicolas Maduro, President of Opec member Venezuela which has seen its economy battered by the low oil prices, said a “new mechanism” was needed to keep up prices.
For his part, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
capped off a series of presidential addresses on the first day of the World Energy Congress by some of his biggest political and energy allies — Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı, whose government is not recognized anywhere except in Turkey.
The reports do not mention if, following the speeches, Erdoğan, Putin, Maduro, Aliyev and Akinci held hands and sang Kumbaya.
Cross-posted at WoW! Magazine.