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RUSSIA ASSERTS U.S. ‘WRONG’ ON VENEZUELA, WOULD ASSEMBLE ‘GROUP OF STATES’ TO SHOW IT

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Russia have vowed to rally countries opposed to U.S.-backed plans change in Venezuela, where a political standoff at present escalated to violence.

Conversing with the state-run Tass Russian News Agency on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov summed up documents by United States officials contacting for Venezuela’s opposition-controlled parliament speaker Juan Guaidó to change President Nicolás Maduro as “wrong.” Washington have challenged Maduro’s mandate, accusing him of rigging previous year’s election and also warning “all options” were accessible in making sure he was overthrown, whilst Moscow managed that he was the country’s legitimate, democratically-chosen leader.

Lavrov explained his result of the U.S. posture as “very simple,” explaining that “we will mobilize a group of states that, like us, respect the U.N. Charter to counter such schemes.”

“This group is being formed in the U.N., and I hope that it will receive serious support in the organization,” he inserted. “Because the issue is about a very simple thing which can hardly be distorted: the protection of the basic norms and principles of international law, the way they are enshrined in the U.N. Charter.”

President Donald Trump’s administration rapidly backed Guaidó’s self-proclaimed offer for the presidency in January, right after Maduro was sworn into his second time period. The challenge got among an exceptional financial crisis blamed on interior mismanagement and also rising U.S. sanctions built to oust the tackling United Socialist Party.

The left-wing organization’s founder, the late Hugo Chávez, lived through a 2002 coup attempt furthermore reportedly linked to the U.S., which includes a long history of intervening against socialist and communist forces across Latin America. Washington rationalized this strategy all through the Cold War by citing the 19th-century Monroe Doctrine, made to keep foreign powers-in this circumstance, Moscow’s sphere of influence-out of the Western Hemisphere.

Years later, White House national security adviser John Bolton have resurfaced the controversial policy that Lavrov stated Thursday “means disrespect not just for Venezuela, but also for the Latin American peoples in general.” Moscow has sent personnel to Caracas for joint drills in order to support “military-technical” contracts between the 2 governments, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted Tuesday that Russia’s involvement went so far as to convince Maduro to stay as he was allegedly planning to run off to Cuba.

The Russian Foreign Ministry refused this account as part of an “information war” and also cited Lavrov as warning his U.S. counterpart that “the continuation of aggressive steps could be fraught with the most serious consequences” during a phone up between the two. A State Department readout stated Pompeo “stressed that the intervention by Russia and Cuba is destabilizing for Venezuela and also for the U.S.-Russia bilateral relationship.”

At the same time while ties between Washington and Moscow were previously worsening over competing global interests and failing arms control treaties, the two powers have attempted to gather rival groupings on the situation in Venezuela. In its effort to eliminate Maduro out of office , the U.S. has been ready to secure the backing of much of Latin America, together with the EU, Albania, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Japan, South Korea and Ukraine, among others.

Russia was not alone in Venezuela, nevertheless. Maduro’s government have acquired Chinese and Iranian officials present as well in recent months, reportedly to acknowledge humanitarian aid. Additionally realizing Maduro were the likes of Belarus, Bolivia, Cambodia, Lebanon, Mexico, Nicaragua, North Korea, the Palestinian National Authority, Serbia, South Africa, Syria, Turkey and also Uruguay.

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