Erdogan and Maduro cement alliance with 'golden handshake'

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro

The Turkish president added that his "friend" Maduro was facing "manipulative attacks from certain countries and acts of sabotage from economic assassins", in an apparent reference to the United States.

Turkey this year has become the largest importer of non-monetary gold from Venezuela.

During a joint press conference with Erdogan later on Monday, Maduro defended his country's right to export gold after United States sanctions last month targeted its shipments of the metal.

"You can not punish an entire people to resolve political disagreements", the Turkish leader said, according to an official translation of his speech to a business forum.

Hit by low oil prices, mismanagement and the impact of USA sanctions, Venezuela is in freefall.

Maduro stressed that the two countries enjoy "independent" economic relations with a high degree of transparency.

He said the economic situation in the Latin American country remained hard but noted "signs of improving dynamics".

Erdogan and Maduro signed a series of agreements in the areas of mining, commerce and oil.

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One of the agreements formalizes cooperation between the state-owned oil companies Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) and the Turkish Petroleum International Company, in addition to an agreement to avoid double taxation and tax evasion.

Both leaders are battling financial crises and have clashed with the U.S. in recent months.

The Turkish president said Venezuela's government has been unfairly hit by worldwide sanctions amid its economic crisis, punishing an entire nation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold full-scale talks with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Moscow tomorrow, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Maduro has repeatedly blamed a US-led economic war for the crisis, saying Washington is plotting to topple his government.

Erdogan vowed to offer help for Venezuela and he praised Maduro, contrasting the Venezuelan against other world leaders whom he said espouse divisive sentiments. Ties between Turkey and the United States, two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, have also been strained.

"Putin and Maduro will have a one-on-one meeting first".

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