Venezuela turns to Russian Federation for help as crisis deepens

28 Février, 2019, 23:40 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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The U.N. Security Council has scheduled votes on rival resolutions on Venezuela. While the United States says opposition leader Juan Guaido who declared himself Interim President is the country's leader.

The U.S. resolution will be voted on first on Thursday afternoon and is likely to face a veto from Russian Federation.

But the Russian measure, which expresses "concern over the threats to use force" against Venezuela, is unlikely to garner the nine votes for adoption, according to diplomats.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was still working on plans to get the aid delivered to Venezuela, which is suffering from a deep economic crisis marked by widespread shortages of basic necessities.

The crisis turned violent over the weekend when four people died in clashes at Venezuela's borders during an attempt led by Guaido to bring in humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil.

USA and Russian diplomats exchanged verbal broadsides this week about their positions on Venezuela.

Ahead of the U.N. Security Council votes, Abrams told reporters that USA policy "is to use as much diplomatic and economic and political pressure as we can", along with the several dozen countries supporting Guaido, "to support the Venezuelan people's desire for democracy".

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Guaido said the leftist "regime" of President Nicolas Maduro was "weak, lacking support in Venezuela and global recognition". "It is a big problem", Pompeo told reporters while flying to the Philippines from Vietnam.

The US-drafted text, seen by AFP, calls for "free, fair and credible presidential elections", with the presence of global observers, describing the May vote in which Maduro was declared the victor as "neither free nor fair".

Guaido arrived early Thursday in capital city Brasilia.

Speaking to reporters after meeting with Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, Guaido called for the enforcement of economic sanctions against the Maduro government to continue "so that everything is not robbed in Venezuela".

"We are hopeful that over the next couple of weeks, we can really begin to make a dent in that problem".

Maduro has threatened Guaido with arrest if he returns home. Neither is a president in exile. Russia, China, Cuba, Bolivia and a number of other countries have meanwhile voiced their support for the legitimate government of Maduro.

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