US President Donald Trump earlier confirmed that US military intervention in Venezuela was “an option.” His statement came amid media speculation after White House National Security Adviser John Bolton was photographed holding a yellow notepad that read: “5,000 troops to Colombia” during a press briefing on new sanctions against Venezuela.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has stated that military interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs would be the “worst scenario”, adding that such an intervention would have “catastrophic” consequences.
“We are worried that, according to incoming information, during this event, less attention was paid than was expected before when only Mexico and Uruguay took the corresponding initiative, the topic of dialogue, the topic of inter-Venezuelan reconciliation, would be given”, Ryabkov said commenting on meetings by the contact group on Venezuela in Uruguay.
According to him, “it is premature to give assessments, but if the outcome of the event in Montevideo is perceived so that the balance… will shift towards pressure on the legitimate authorities in Caracas, this will only have to be regretted, because this could be another missed opportunity”.
Russia is in contact with the EU, Caracas, and humanitarian organisations regarding the crisis in Venezuela, the deputy foreign minister stated.
Last week, the European Union announced the establishment of an international contact group that will be coordinated by the European Union and will be operating for a limited time frame of 90 days.
According to Brussels, the group includes the bloc itself and some of its member states, as well as a number of Latin American countries. The contact group’s work will be aimed at creating a common understanding of the situation in Venezuela by key international players and will seek a peaceful resolution to the current crisis in the South American country.
In January, Juan Guaido, the speaker of the opposition-led National Assembly, proclaimed himself Venezuela’s interim president, contesting Maduro’s re-election last year. The opposition leader was recognised by the United States and some other countries. Russia and China, as well as several other nations, have backed Maduro as the country’s legitimate president and demanded the principle of non-interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs be respected.