On January 29, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia would do everything in its power to support the legitimate government of Venezuela. He added that the country’s opposition is highly influenced by foreign forces and has been prohibited from contacting the government.
“The United States and its closest allies are creating the most serious obstacles to the possibility of international assistance in resolving the crisis in Venezuela”, Lavrov stressed.
Lavrov also noted that the calls for open intervention in Venezuela were surging in the US when addressing the recent news about National Security Adviser John Bolton holding a note with the words “5,000 troops to Colombia”.
“The US, unfortunately, has experience in such illegitimate handling of other’s money. Such freezing was applied at one time to Iraq, Libya, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Panama. In most cases, this freezing essentially resulted in the confiscation of assets from another government. The British authorities are doing the same thing now by arresting, and in fact confiscating, the gold reserves of Venezuela, which are stored in London”, Lavrov stated commenting on the “cynical sanctions”, imposed by the US on the Venezuelan petroleum company PDVSA.
Lavrov pointed out that Washington’s action shall lead to the deterioration of the international financial system, based on the US dollar, and also provoke a conflict in Venezuela. Lavrov recalled that US companies operating in Venezuela had been excluded from the sanctions regime, highlighting that Washignton wants to overthrow the government and also gain profits in Venezuela.