The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has appointed his ambassador to Russia, Carlos Faría, as foreign minister, and thus replaces Felix Plasencia, the "friend" of former minister Ábalos, who was in office since last October.
"I have appointed fellow ambassador Carlos Faría as minister of popular power for Foreign Relations, foreign minister of the Republic," Maduro said in a statement broadcast on state television. «He comes from being an ambassador for five years in the Russian Federation».
At the same time, Moscow has given constant support to Caracas in the face of the battery of sanctions led by the United States to try to displace Maduro from power, without success, amid questions from more than fifty countries about his re-election in 2018, denounced by the opposition as "fraudulent".
Faría takes the place of Félix Plasencia, who took over as foreign minister in October 2020, after having been Venezuela's ambassador to China.
Maduro also appointed new Ministers of Labor (Francisco Torrealba), Industry and Production (Hipólito Abreu) and Transport (Ramón Velásquez).