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MOSCOW, October 3. /TASS/.The goal of irreconcilable forces in Venezuela who rely on external support is to topple the current government, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
"The dynamics of the development of the political situation in Venezuela demonstrates that irreconcilable forces inside the country, who are relying on external support, are seeking to escalate tensions," the ministry said. "The goal is to topple the government of that country at any cost."
"The resolution of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council on the procedure of further work on the preparation for a referendum on removing the incumbent head of state from power was used as a pretext for the latest spiral of tensions," the ministry noted.
"The only basis for settling domestic political problems in Venezuela, like in any other country, is due respect to the constitution and national laws," the Foreign Ministry stressed. "It is inadmissible to go beyond the frames of the law or to exert external pressure provoking such steps, whatever pretexts for that might be named. Only the Venezuelan people as the bearer of sovereignty has the right to decide its future using constitutional mechanisms."
The ministry said it would like the international community, including Venezuela’s neighbors, to pursue a policy that "would promote normalization of the political situation in Venezuela" and would commend such policy. "It would make it possible to realize the hopes of the Venezuelan people for peace and stability, overcoming the current economic hardships, for further development of the country," the ministry said.
Russia urges the international community to assist in normalizing the political situation in Venezuela:
"Going beyond the legislation as well as the foreign pressure inciting this kind of activities, are inacceptable, no matter what excuses are being given," the ministry said.
"As for the world community, including some of Venezuela’s neighboring countries, we would welcome the policy on their behalf that would facilitate normalizing domestic political situation in Venezuela.".