AVA- The US presented a draft resolution to the Council on Sunday, claiming that the White House sought international aid deliveries and presidential elections in Venezuela while it stressed that Washington had “deep concern with the violence and excessive use of force by Venezuelan security forces against unarmed, peaceful protesters” in the South American country.
Washington reiterated its “full support” for the country’s National Assembly, which is no longer recognized by Caracas, and its head, 35-year-old opposition figure Juan Guaido, who called himself the “interim president” of Venezuela in a bizarre move on January 23, further deepening a weeks-long unprecedented political turmoil in the country.
The United States has time and again said military option still remains on the table regarding the Venezuelan crisis, infuriating the country’s President Nicolas Maduro, who accuses US President Donald Trump of plotting a coup against the government in Caracas.
The US draft resolution, however, drew a counter resolution from Russia that expressed Moscow’s concern for Venezuela’s territorial integrity and political independence, lambasting any “attempts to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of Venezuela.”
On Monday, Lavrov said at a UN Security Council meeting that Washington “tried to push a resolution that hides their aggressive, interventional plans” against the legitimate government of President Maduro.
Wednesday 13 February 2019 06:39