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Montevideo, February 16th 2019 - 18:14 UTC

Russia ready to facilitate internal dialogue in Venezuela, and tells US “hands off”

Wednesday, February 13th 2019 - 09:15 UTC
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Russia has sided with President Nicolas Maduro in his standoff with opposition leader Juan Guaido. (Photo archive) Russia has sided with President Nicolas Maduro in his standoff with opposition leader Juan Guaido. (Photo archive)
Maduro retains control of state institutions including the military, but most Western countries, including the US, have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's president Maduro retains control of state institutions including the military, but most Western countries, including the US, have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's president

Russia said on Tuesday it was ready to facilitate the start of dialogue between Venezuela's government and opposition, but warned the United States against intervening in Caracas' internal affairs.

Russia has sided with President Nicolas Maduro in his standoff with opposition leader Juan Guaido. Maduro retains control of state institutions including the military, but most Western countries, including the United States, have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's president.

“We have been maintaining very important contacts with the government of this country and stand ready to provide a kind service in order to facilitate the process of finding ways out of the situation,” Tass news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

He also said Russia had made some proposals to Venezuela on settling its crisis, but gave no details. Moscow has invested billions of dollars into Venezuela's economy and oil production.

On Tuesday, opposition supporters returned to the streets nationwide to keep the heat on Maduro and demand that he allow humanitarian aid into Venezuela, where food and medicine shortages are rife.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a telephone call Tuesday evening that Washington should avoid any interference, including military, in Venezuela's internal affairs.

Lavrov also said Russia was ready for consultations on the situation in Venezuela in line with the United Nations charter.

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    @Room101

    REF: Mr Putin says that others shouldn't

    Of course!

    Afterall, Russia+Chana are in-charge in Venezuela and the Loudmouth is hiding his [small] tail in between his legs.

    So what to you expect? Another Iraq/Afghanistan? Only if The Loudmouth needs yet another failure up his hind!

    Posted 3 days ago +1
  • :o))

    If it's Putin vs Trump; it's safer to build the Mexican Wall!

    Posted 3 days ago 0
  • Room101

    So, whilst Russia is intervening in Venezuela's internal affairs, Mr Putin says that others shouldn't.

    Posted 3 days ago 0
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