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  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denounced the attempts of international interventionism.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denounced the attempts of international interventionism. | Photo: Reuters

Published 17 February 2019

"If we rely on international law, the Venezuelan situation is an internal matter," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Russia is demanding an end to the list of ultimatums against Venezuela by foreign powers, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Sunday.

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Lavrov urged the international community to call for a frank dialogue in Venezuela , so that the inhabitants of the South American country can resolve their disagreements in peace.

"If we rely on international law, the Venezuelan situation is an internal matter, and the international community should urge Venezuelans to find a solution among them, in favor of which Uruguay, Mexico, the countries of the Caribbean, Russia , China, Iran, Bolivia and many others," said the Russian foreign minister.

"But it turned out that [this plan] did not coincide with the one established in relation to the fate of the Venezuelan State," said Lavrov.

The United States and its right-wing allies in Latin America have come out in support of a right-wing coup attempt against the Venezuelan government of socialist President Maduro after they supported a decision by opposition lawmaker, named Juan Guaido, to declare himself an “interim president” of Venezuela on Jan. 23 in violation of the country’s constitution.

In return, Maduro has repeatedly called for the restoration of talks between his government and the opposition in order to maintain peace and avoid a U.S.-backed coup, or even military intervention by the United States in favor of removing him and placing an unelected right-wing government.

Lavrov noted that rather than turning to international law and the Charter of the United Nations to mediate, some countries are attempting to coerce “the legitimately elected president to call new elections and, ironically, within the framework of the same rules invented by the West, Mr. (Juan) Guaido was proclaimed interim president."

For its part, Russia is ready to join the intermediaries in the dialogue in the Latin American country, but only if this is carried out in a maximally broad format. Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Riabkov, said on Tuesday that the Government of his country is interested in being part of the International Contact Group that seeks to find a political solution to the situation.


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