Venezuela turns to Russian Federation for help as crisis deepens

Venezuela turns to Russia for help as crisis deepens

The military defeat by Venezuela " s self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaido, who has not succeeded in getting support from the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB), was criticized by US Vice President Mike Pence.

The U.S. draft stresses the need to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Venezuela and to facilitate unhindered access and delivery of assistance to all in need in the entirety of the territory of Venezuela in accordance with humanitarian principles.

Guaido, who is recognized by most Western nations as Venezuela's rightful leader, visited Paraguay and Argentina on Friday to shore up Latin American support for a transition government for the crisis-stricken nation.

A US -backed drive to deliver "humanitarian aid" to Venezuela through border crossings on February 23 met strong resistance from the Venezuelan government as President Nicolas Maduro believed the aid, mainly from the United States, is a smokescreen for a military invasion.

Lavrov told the same news conference that Russian Federation had sent a first shipment of medical aid to Venezuela and that Moscow was also helping Venezuela with supplies of wheat. The U.S. text had the support of the majority of the council members but was blocked by Russia and China, while a Russian draft garnered only four positive votes. Three countries abstained, Indonesia, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast.

"You know what is happening with oil assets of Venezuela located in the United States and other countries that show antipathy towards Venezuela, deprive it of assets and financial resources". If it had received nine votes, Abrams made clear the Trump administration would have vetoed it.

Russia, one of the Maduro government's closest allies, has also provided billions of dollars of credit to the cash-strapped country in recent years.

"We are sanctioning members of Maduro's security forces in response to the reprehensible violence, tragic deaths and unconscionable torching of food and medicine destined for sick and starving Venezuelans", U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, after deadly violence blocked humanitarian aid from reaching Venezuela over the weekend.

"We mostly talks about the latest developments in Venezuela which were discussed in detail at the UN Security Council session yesterday", Vershinin said.

The Russian draft expressed concern at threats to use force against Venezuela and interfere in the country's domestic affairs, and would have reaffirmed the government's primary role in initiating global assistance. Juan Guaidó's trip to Brazil came as Venezuela's foreign minister told a U.N. body Wednesday the United States is plotting to overthrow Venezuela's government.

Russia's resolution got four votes in favour, from Russia, China, South Africa and Equatorial Guinea. "If there are threats against peace, those threats come from overseas".

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