Bolivian leader Evo Morales has visited Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on expanding economic ties.

Speaking after talks in the Kremlin Thursday, Putin hailed the “strategic cooperation” between the two countries, including Russia’s investment in Bolivia’s natural gas fields and a project to build a Russian research nuclear reactor in the country.

He said Russian companies are considering investments in lithium mining in Bolivia and plan to participate in the planned reconstruction of Santa Cruz airport.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Bolivia's President Evo Morales prior to their talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Bolivia’s President Evo Morales prior to their talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)

Both leaders noted that they have similar views on international issues and underlined their shared emphasis on respect for sovereignty and opposition to unilateral sanctions.

Morales praised Putin for leading global efforts to “protect international order, oppose use of force in international affairs and prevent interference into other nations’ internal affairs.”

Bolivia's President Evo Morales, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk to their delegations prior to the talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk to their delegations prior to the talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Bolivia's President Evo Morales during their talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Bolivia’s President Evo Morales during their talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, and Bolivia's President Evo Morales talk to Bolivia's delegation prior to their talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, and Bolivia’s President Evo Morales talk to Bolivia’s delegation prior to their talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Bolivia's President Evo Morales during their talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Bolivia’s President Evo Morales during their talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Bolivia's President Evo Morales salutes as he attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. Morales arrived in Russia to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during his official visit. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales salutes as he attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. Morales arrived in Russia to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during his official visit. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Bolivia's President Evo Morales, center, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. Morales arrived in Russia to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during his official visit. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, center, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. Morales arrived in Russia to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during his official visit. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Bolivia's President Evo Morales attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. Morales arrived in Russia to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during his official visit. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. Morales arrived in Russia to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during his official visit. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Bolivia's President Evo Morales attend a joint news conference following their talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Bolivia’s President Evo Morales attend a joint news conference following their talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Bolivia's President Evo Morales shake hands during a signing ceremony following their talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Bolivia’s President Evo Morales shake hands during a signing ceremony following their talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Bolivia's President Evo Morales walk during their meeting in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Bolivia’s President Evo Morales walk during their meeting in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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