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Russia’s UN envoy warns against discriminatory economic measures against Venezuela

Vassily Nebenzia recalled that "the current economic crisis has been largely triggered by steps of those states that clamor about the Venezuelans’ sufferings the most loudly."

THE UNITED NATIONS, January 26. /TASS/. Venezuela crisis might be resolved through nationwide dialogue and the lifting of discriminatory economic measures, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Saturday.

Urging to "refrain from discriminatory economic steps against that country," the high-ranking diplomat recalled that "the current economic crisis has been largely triggered by steps of those states that clamor about the Venezuelans’ sufferings the most loudly."

Apart from that, Moscow believes that "it is more important than ever to lower a degree of tough talk, to reject threats and ultimatums, to help dialogue in Venezuela start in the legal field and to help stabilize the situation," he added.

"Foreign meddling and pitting the country’s opposition leaders" against the government should be cut short to end the crisis in Venezuela, Nebenzia is convinced.

"First, efforts should be exerted for nationwide dialogue and reconciliation to get started," he said noting that "Venezuela’s neighbors could play a decisive role in that."

Venezuela crisis

On January 23, Venezuelan parliament speaker and opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president at a rally in the country’s capital of Caracas. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in turn, blasted the move as a coup staged by Washington and said he was severing diplomatic ties with the US.

Several countries, including the Lima Group (excluding Mexico), the United States, Albania, Georgia, Switzerland and the Organization of American States, have recognized him.

Russia, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, Salvador and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China and Belarus called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference. The United Nations secretary general, in turn, called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.