Russia Warns US To Stop Inflating the Venezuelan Crisis

Russian Foreign Minister is keen to discuss the Venezuelan Crisis in the UN framework. The Russian Minister, Sergei Lavrov asked his US counterpart to stop forceful intervention and escalating the Venezuelan Crisis.

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The Russian foreign ministry issued a statement saying, “Lavrov has warned against all interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs including the use of force threatened by Washington and which is in violation of international law.”

“He is ready for talks regarding the Venezuelan issue in line with UN principles,” Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister added.

The statements came after US President Donald Trump strongly said that military intervention in Venezuela was “an option”, as international pressure ramped up on the embattled head of state Nicolas Maduro to step down.

Maduro is facing a challenge from opposition leader Juan Guaido who declared himself acting president in January. Taking his authority from the constitution National Assembly leader Guaido views Maduro’s reelection as deceitful. Now, Guaido is trying to force the socialist leader from power so he can set up a transitional government and hold new presidential elections.

The European Union and a group of European and Latin American ministers have called for a fresh election, but Maduro has rejected the suggestion. The US has presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council asking for international aid deliveries and new presidential elections.

Venezuelans have faced shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicines as the economy went into meltdown under Maduro’s leadership. Around 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled since 2015, as hyperinflation rendered salaries and savings worthless. But the president denies there is a humanitarian crisis. US aid has been piling up in Colombia at the border with Venezuela as the bridge border crossing has been blocked by the military on  Maduro’s instructions.

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