“There will be an exchange of views on the situation in Venezuela and around it in connection with the coup attempt in this country”, a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry read.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has stated that the coup attempt had totally failed in the Latin American country.
“No one and nothing could break down our spirit. The national sovereignty of Venezuela will not be overthrown by this imperialist government”, Arreaza said, referring to Washington.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in turn, reaffirmed Moscow’s support for the people of Venezuela and for President Nicolas Maduro.
“We have confirmed our solidarity with the friendly people of Venezuela. We have confirmed our support for the legitimate president, whom the Venezuelan people elected on 20 May 2018. We have welcomed the measures that the government of Nicolas Maduro is taking in order to prevent further destabilisation”, Lavrov said after talks with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in Moscow.
Lavrov continued by saying that Moscow hopes that the United States will abstain from using force in Venezuela.
“This is not the first time when representatives of the [US] administration say that all options are on the table and even mention the possibility of using force. I hope very much that this does not reflect Trump’s intentions. Anyway, he did not voice such intentions in his phone talks with Putin. The talks focused on helping the Venezuelan people to overcome this crisis”, Lavrov stated.
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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Sputnik a day earlier that the talks between Lavrov and Arreaza will also be devoted to provocations by the US-backed Venezuelan opposition and Washington’s pressure against Caracas.
On 30 April, the Venezuelan opposition carried out a new attempt to overthrow Maduro. At least 300 people were injured in violent rallies on 30 April and 1 May, according to a local human rights group.
The situation in Venezuela has remained tense since January, when opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself an “interim president”. Washington immediately supported Guaido, called on Nicolas Maduro to step down, and seized billions of dollars’ worth of the country’s oil assets.
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