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  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo against any interference, including military, into Venezuela's internal affairs, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following a phone call between the two.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo against any interference, including military, into Venezuela's internal affairs, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following a phone call between the two. | Photo: Reuters

Published 12 February 2019

The Russian government has described the "humanitarian aid" offered by the U.S. as an attempt at military intervention in Venezuela.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a telephone call on Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo where he warned against any interference, including military, into Venezuela's internal affairs, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following a phone call between the two.

The Russian foreign minister urged his U.S. counterpart to cease threats by Washington on the use of force to promote a change of government in the South American country.

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Earlier, Lavrov offered a press conference in Moscow (Russian capital) in which he accused the U.S. of pretending to disguise a military intervention in Venezuela with the arrival of supposed humanitarian aid.

Russia and the Contact Group

For his part, the 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.

"We raised the issue before the organizers of a conference in Montevideo from the very start," he said. "We are interested in Russia’s joining it at least as an observer," the senior diplomat added.

The official assured that Russia received a report on how the contact process is going, but insisted on the interest by the Kremlin to participate in the process.

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