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US may launch military intervention in Venezuela, says Lavrov

March 01, 14:36 UTC+3

Apart from several US allies, there is not a single country that supports plans of the military intervention, the Russian minister said

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Venezuelan Executive Vice President Delcy Rodriguez and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Venezuelan Executive Vice President Delcy Rodriguez and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. Moscow believes the United States may launch a military intervention in Venezuela disregarding the position of Latin American countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a joint press conference following talks with Venezuelan Executive Vice President Delcy Rodriguez on Friday.

According to the Russian top diplomat, apart from several US allies, there is not a single country that supports plans of a military intervention in Venezuela. "Everyone, including Venezuela’s neighboring countries, has made statements saying they neither support nor share this approach," Lavrov pointed out.

"I must admit that given the current US administration’s ways, everything is possible," he stressed. "I don’t rule out that the US administration may once again take actions in defiance of all international norms," he added.

Washington is ready to stage provocations on the border with Venezuela and only seeks to topple the legitimate authorities of that Latin American country, the minister said. 

"The United States, which says it is concerned about the humanitarian situation in Venezuela, is ready to create provocations on the border, the way it was on February 23. In reality, it does not want anything but delegitimize legitimate President Nicolas Maduro," he said.

Moscow is also concerned about Washington’s plans to provide weapons to militants to destabilize the situation in the Latin American country. "As for US plans to provide weapons to militants to destabilize the situation in Venezuela - frankly speaking, for invading this sovereign country - they certainly cause us concern," Lavrov pointed out, adding that the US did not hesitate to openly speak about its plans.

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