Russian Foreign Minister Sergio Lavrov tells U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: 'Washington's coup attempts on Venezuela violate UN charter.'
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Monday by telephone during which they discussed U.S. interventionism in Venezuela.
According to Russia’s foreign ministry website Lavrov told Pompeo: “Washington’s attempts to organize a coup d'état in Venezuela and (U.S.) threats against the legitimate government are in violation of the UN Charter.” The foreign minister went on to say that the U.S. is conducting “undisguised interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.”
Since January the U.S. and its allies have tried unsuccessfully to replace Presidennt Maduro with a so-called 'interim president' Juan Guiado.
President Donald Trump began his soft coup attempt against President Nicolas Maduro after taking office in 2017, implementing economic sanctions on the Venezuelan government, individuals and corporations. The sanctions have limited the oil-rich state’s crude production by 142,000 barrels of per day in February 2019 alone, a cut that could cost the country US$2.5 billion in oil revenues by the end of the year at this rate, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
The U.S. has decreed at least 20 sanctions against the South American country and is trying to criminalize a Russian state oil company for doing business with Venezuela, which Lavrov has said “contradicts international law.”
During the Monday conversation Pompeo accused Russia of "exacerbating tensions in Venezuela," despite Russia’s continued strong diplomatic and trade ties with Caracas.
The Venezuelan government says the country’s two major cyber-electrical system attacks, the second occurring Monday, were at the hands of the United States.
In his latest update regarding the March 25 attack on the National Electric System, Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said all technical teams “are working hard to recuperate electricity” after the day saw two consecutive outages and reinstallations of light in much of the country.
“We ask for your continued peacefulness,” Rodriguez told the public. He stressed that these attacks will not only make Venezuelans stronger, but the nation’s electrical system.
This new aggression happens almost 20 days after a major cyber attack to the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Power Plant that services much of the country resulted in a six-day nationwide blackout.
“We will win this war that is being waged against us,” ended Rodriguez.