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Venezuelan president visits Belarus, discusses military ties

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(AP Photo/Sergei Grits, Pool). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, and Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko greet each during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, Pool). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, and Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko greet each during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
(AP Photo/Sergei Grits, Pool). Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, right, and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro listen to the national anthems, during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, Pool). Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, right, and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro listen to the national anthems, during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
(AP Photo/Sergei Grits, Pool). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, and Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko greet each during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, Pool). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, and Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko greet each during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
(AP Photo/Sergei Grits, Pool). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, and Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko greet each during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, Pool). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, and Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko greet each during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
(AP Photo/Sergei Grits, Pool). Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, right, welcomes Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, Pool). Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, right, welcomes Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has visited Belarus, emphasizing plans to bolster military ties with the ex-Soviet nation.

Speaking at the start of Thursday's talks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Maduro said that "cooperation in the military sphere has been very successful and we need to expand it."

Maduro didn't elaborate and details of military cooperation aren't immediately known.

Lukashenko said that Belarus would like to develop cooperation with Venezuela in energy, agriculture and construction.

Belarus, Russia's neighbor and ally, has exported wheat, fertilizers and medicines to Venezuela.

Maduro's visit to Belarus comes a day after his trip to Russia, where he met with President Vladimir Putin and thanked him for political and diplomatic support.

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