President Nicolas Maduro denounced attempts to start “a great war” with Moscow
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused the West of trying to “divide” Russia amid sanctions aimed at Moscow during its military campaign in Ukraine. Maduro’s country has been subject to major US sanctions since 2019.
“They are lining up, economically, politically and diplomatically [in the West] for a major war against Russia. From Venezuela, we denounce it,” Maduro said in a televised address on Friday.
“They want a war that will divide Russia, destroy it to pieces and end the hope of a multipolar world where we can all live.”
The South American country condemned Thursday’s vote at the United Nations General Assembly to suspend Russia from the global organization’s Human Rights Council. Venezuelans
Foreign Minister Felix Plasencia said the move “Destroy the Bridges” necessary for dialogue and “Serious threat to global security, order and peace.”
The US has imposed several rounds of sanctions on Venezuela, affecting its oil industry, among other things. Washington has openly backed Maduro’s political rival, Juan Guaido, while Maduro accuses the West of trying to oust him from power.
Many countries, including NATO and EU member states, have imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to its military campaign in Ukraine.
Moscow attacked the neighboring country in late February, after Ukraine failed to live up to the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014 and ultimately Russia’s recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk. and Lugansk. The Minsk Protocol, brokered by Germany and France, was designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the state of Ukraine.
Since then, Russia has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country and will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian attack is completely unprovoked and denies claims it is planning to retake the two republics by force.
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