Russia will obstruct U.S. military intervention in Venezuela and express its willingness to consult with the U.S.

 Russia will obstruct U.S. military intervention in Venezuela and express its willingness to consult with the U.S.

Valentina Matveyenko, chairman of the Russian Federation Council (upper house of parliament), said Wednesday that Russia will do its utmost to prevent the United States from intervening in Venezuela militarily.

[worrying about the US sides picking things up

Matveyanko met with Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodrigues in Moscow on March 3 and told the latter that Russia would do everything possible to prevent the US military intervention in Venezuela.

She said that Russia is very worried that the United States will provoke incidents and create bloodshed in order to find an excuse for military intervention in Venezuela; Russia firmly opposes interference in other countriesinternal affairs. We know the consequences of the illegal overthrow of legitimate elections, such as the experience of Iraq, Libya and other countries. Venezuela has now become a testing ground for countries that have endorsed the overthrow of the government... It is the responsibility of the international community to prevent similar situations from happening again.

Matveyenko said that Russia is convinced that the Venezuelan crisis is artificially created by the U. S. government and must be resolved by political means. She welcomed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduros willingness to engage in dialogue with all political forces in the country.

Juan Guaido, the chairman of Venezuelas Parliament and member of the opposition, announced on January 23 that he would become interim president with the support of the United States and other countries. The United States then strengthened sanctions against Venezuela, claiming that it did not rule out the possibility of military intervention. Russia designated the United States Government and Venezuelan opposition as plotting a coup.

[Wish for bilateral consultation

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that Russia is ready to consult with the United States on the situation in Venezuela.

At the suggestion of the US side, Lavrov spoke by telephone with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later that day, mainly discussing the situation in Venezuela. Lavrov condemned the U.S. intervention in Venezuela in the name of humanitarian assistance and threatened military intervention.

Only Venezuelans have the right to decide their future, Lavrov said.

Source: Xinhua responsible editor: Ji Guojie_NBJ11143