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Lavrov to Pompeo: We can talk Venezuela, but US must stop threatening its legitimate government

RT | March 2, 2019

The US attempts to threaten Venezuela and meddle in the country’s affairs under the guise of supplying humanitarian aid have nothing to do with democracy, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov told his American counterpart, Mike Pompeo.

The top diplomats talked on the phone on Saturday on the initiative of Washington, the Russia Foreign Ministry said.

During the conversation, Lavrov blasted the American threats against the government of Nicolas Maduro, calling them “blatant interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state and a flagrant violation of international law.”

He also grilled the US Secretary of State over Washington’s attempts to influence the situation in Venezuela under the “hypocritical guise” of providing humanitarian aid to the crisis-hit country. Such actions “have nothing to do with democratic process,” Lavrov said.

Earlier this week, Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, has labeled the US aid to the country “a Trojan horse.” He said that nails and barbed wire to build barricades were seized from the supply trucks on the border with Colombia and provided photos to back his words.

As for Washington’s proposal to hold consultations on Venezuela, Lavrov said that Moscow was ready for such talks. However, he reminded Pompeo that “the principles of the UN Charter must be followed strictly as only the people of Venezuela have the right to decide the future of their country.”

The situation in Venezuela escalated after opposition leader, Juan Guaido, declared himself interim president of the country in late January. He was swiftly backed by the US, which never made a secret out of its desire to see socialist president Maduro removed from power.

However, all the American backing and increased sanction pressure on Caracas have so far been insufficient to cement Guaido’s claim to power as the man fled to neighboring Colombia to lead the coup from there, while promising to return.

March 2, 2019 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Lavrov would be acutely aware that Pompeo is an ex-CIA Director and arguing with him would be about as effective as arguing with The Sphinx. Never the less, he’s right in pointing out the absolute hypocrisy of the USA in relation to Venezuela, and of course, America’s interference in the internal politics of Venezuela while the USA itself has been trying to “Demonize” Russia for interfering in American politics, which is highly improbable, but understandable given the record of the USA’s propaganda history.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | March 2, 2019 | Reply

    • “It is the function of the CIA to keep the World unstable, and to propagandise, and teach American people to hate, so that we will let the establishment spend any amount of money on Arms”…..John Stockwell…..Former CIA man.

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | March 2, 2019 | Reply

    • “It is the function of the CIA to keep the World unstable and to propagandize and teach Americans to hate, so we will let the Establishment spend any amount of money on Arms”….John Stockwell….former CIA man

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | March 2, 2019 | Reply

  2. Lavrov = the only diplomat in the room. Instead of sanctioning the sovereign government of Venezuela and harming the populace, the grossly obese Pompeo should volunteer at least half of his daily food rations to a reputable food bank for transfer to the brave, patriotic people of Venezuela.

    Comment by roberthstiver | March 2, 2019 | Reply


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