Russia Supports Venezuela Sovereignty, Opposes Foreign Intervention

Unlike other foreign nations, Russia has thrown their support behind Venezuela's government. 

Russia’s Foreign Ministry appealed Friday to the international community not to intervene in the internal affairs of Venezuela and called for increased dialogue amid ongoing attempts to remove the country from the Organization of American states, and cries of a coup for the actions of the country's Supreme Court.

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said that it is important that political dialogue is comprehensive and structured, arguing “It is very important that logic prevails over confrontation. External forces should not add fuel to fire in the internal situation in Venezuela.”

“We are convinced of the principle of non-interference internal affairs,” she added, while urging that “any decision of the the organs of power, political and social forces, is based on the constitution of the country.”

Zaharova also noted that it was important to maintain a positive dialogue with the “international political authority and regional blocs like UNASUR.

”The Organization of American States, OAS, is also pressing to revoke Venezuela's membership in the organization for alleged "human rights abuses,” claims which Venezuela says amount to an imperialist attack against the nation.

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court has found the National Assembly to be in contempt of the constitution since January 2016 for swearing-in three legislators whose elections were overturned for vote buying.

The legislators have refused to be removed from their positions and therefore the National Assembly cannot legally approve legislation as they are not adhering to the law. The Supreme Court stepped in as part of the country’s constitution to resolve the issues between state powers and to exercise parliamentary powers when needed.

The Venezuelan opposition and foreign governments have falsely labeled the situation as a coup and a sign of government dictatorship, although the ruling from the top court has not changed.

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Venezuela's Maduro to Mexico: We're Not Your Enemy. The US Is

"I extend my hand so that together we can fight for solidarity and support for all Mexican migrants in the United States," Maduro said.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday night called on his Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto to stop supporting aggressive measures against the South American country.

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Commenting on attempts by the Organization of American States, OAS, to revoke Venezuela's membership, Maduro said Nieto's administration should instead fight the policies of the U.S. government.

"I extend my hand, President (Enrique) Peña Nieto, so that together we can fight for solidarity and support for all Mexican migrants in the United States," Maduro said at a televised meeting,

"We should denounce the wall that Washington wants to build on the border of both countries."

On Tuesday, the OAS organized a meeting aimed at suspending Venezuela from the regional organization for alleged "human rights abuses."

During the meeting, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Caso expressed "concern" about Venezuela's political and economic situation. Videgaray, siding with the Canada and the U.S., sponsored calls for regime change against Maduro's democratically-elected government.

The countries sponsoring the efforts to expel Venezuela also include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.

Videgaray had urged his regional counterparts "to not remain indifferent," adding that the bloc wants to "restore democratic normalcy," as reported by Expansion, a CNN partner.

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When Mexico announced plans last week to support regime change in Venezuela, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez described Videgaray's actions as "servile" to U.S. imperialism.

"Chancellor Caso builds walls with Latin America instead of defending and serving the sovereign interests and rights of its people," Rodriguez posted on Twitter Thursday.

"He attacked Venezuela to ingratiate himself with his imperial owners. He believes that the Mexican people will forget their betrayal."

A third of the 35 OAS member countries would need to vote on applying the charter to trigger Venezuela's suspension. The vote, however, has not yet taken place.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio threatened dissenting countries that if they did not vote in favor of expelling Venezuela by invoking the Democratic Charter, it would be difficult to defend the continuation of U.S. aid to their people.

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Venezuela Rejects OAS Intervention Report

Caracas- Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro repudiated the report on the nation presented by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, that ''ignores the institutional processes and principles of the organization.''

According to the local media, the head of state described today the document presented by the Uruguayan politician as illegitimate and illegal, and considered that its sole purpose was to destabilize the Bolivarian Revolution and promote foreign intervention in the South American nation.

Almagro, a well-known enemy of the Venezuelan people, has forged false assumptions against the Republic in order to accentuate the economic war against our society, said the statement published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

His performance as the head of the OAS has exceeded his powers and has been marked by abuse of power, guided by his complicity with the coup, extremist and antidemocratic opposition in Venezuela, the text argues.

It is the despicable hatred of converts, it says, what moves his actions, his aberrant writings will be lost in the night of history as an example of the extent to which a bent person is capable of destroying the function of an organism.

It also regrets that Almagro 'revives the darkest pages of the interventionist and coup history of the OAS, by imposing mechanisms that flagrantly violate Venezuela's legal and constitutional order and the OAS Charter, its fundamental principles and rigorous norms which regulate their performance.'

The Foreign Ministers of the Hemisphere, meeting at the OAS General Assembly on June 15, 2016, had noted with concern such irregularities, and decided to refer the Permanent Council to review its action, the president said.

He also accuses Almagro of leading 'the hemispheric concert of the fascist right that harasses, and aggressively attacks Venezuela, without scruple or ethics, characterized by the anti-legal and fraudulent forging of false positives against our sacred homeland.'

Venezuela will take legal action against the Secretary of the OAS, said Maduro, who also reaffirmed that 'conspiracy, miserable and insurrectionary action' promoted from that organization will not stop the country and the people on their way to the bright future marked by the Liberators.

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OAS 'Harass' and 'Delegitimize' Venezuela: Foreign Minister

Venezuela requested to reject the day’s agenda, supported by Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, but members voted in favor of moving forward with the debate.

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, or OAS, is debating whether to apply the so-called Democratic Charter to Venezuela Thursday, a move controversially requested by Secretary-General Luis Almagro.

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Venezuela requested to reject the vote, which was supported by Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, but members have voted in favor of moving forward with the debate.

The OAS is "using the body to harass and delegitimize the government of Venezuela," said Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez at the meeting. She said Almagro is directly attacking President Nicolas Maduro, clearly siding with the opposition.

The meeting could result in the formation of a "group of friends" in favor of suspending Venezuela which was proposed by Argentina Tuesday.

Almagro presented a 132-page report on the state of the Venezuela economy, politics and media at a special session. He said Thursday that democracy and human rights must not be defended when convenient, but when needed.

Facing a review of his actions as secretary-general following his call to have Venezuela suspended from the OAS, Almagro changed his tune Monday, saying he does not want to see the country suspended from the regional bloc.

"Our goal is not to castigate or sanction Venezuela," Almagro also said during Thursday's OAS meeting.

​A special session Tuesday briefed members on progress in the UNASUR-led dialogue between the Venezuelan government and opposition. Representatives overwhelmingly supported the negotiations over impinging on the country’s sovereignty.

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“Help is given, it’s offered, it doesn’t need to be a confrontation,” said the ambassador to Bolivia.

While Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has promoted talks with the opposition coalition, right-wing leaders have refused to negotiate and did not show up to scheduled meetings.

Venezuelan ambassador Julio Cesar Pineda said Thursday's meeting will demonstrate Venezuela’s power in managing diplomacy in the Americas.

Sergio Rodriguez, another Venezuelan ambassador, said that should the Democratic Charter be applied "political conditions for an intervention of any kind would be created."

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OAS Meets With Former Presidents Mediating Venezuela Tensions

The meeting takes place two days before the body will discuss whether or not to apply the Democratic Charter in Venezuela.

The Organization of American States will convene a special session with Venezuela on Tuesday before it decides whether to suspend the country from the OAS using the Democratic Charter.

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The meeting will include a session with the UNASUR-mediated dialogue team led by former presidents of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero; the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez; and Panama, Martin Torrijos. The three former heads of state have been overseeing talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition.

Venezuela’s delegation to the OAS requested the session, which comes two days before the body votes on application of the so-called 'Democratic Charter' against the country, which OAS secretary-general Luis Almagro has been pushing.

Almagro called the meeting "a step that hopefully can add value to the meeting on the 23rd in which presidents can provide new information about the progress they have made," reported the AFP.

The OAS General Assembly, which convened June 13 to 14, voted to hold the session to promote dialogue. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has supported the talks with opposition, but representatives of the right-wing coalition failed to show for the scheduled meeting.

The Permanent Council of the OAS unanimously adopted a resolution on June 1 opposing suspension and encouraging dialogue, and the body repudiated the opposition for not attending the talks to address the economic situation and political deadlock in Venezuela.

Facing a review of his actions as secretary-general, Almagro changed his tune on Venezuela on Monday, saying that he does not want to see the country suspended from the regional bloc.

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Nicaragua Demands OAS Head Step Down Over Abuse of Post

The representative from Nicaragua at the Organization of American States meeting in Santo Domingo said Luis Almagro's behavior was “illegal, disrespectful and arrogant” and made him unfit for office.

The recent actions by the secretary-general of the OAS took center stage Wednesday when the representative from Nicaragua requested Luis Almagro step down for his repeated interference in the domestic affairs of Venezuela.

Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada said: "This repeated behavior of the secretary-general of the OAS disqualifies him to continue in his role and Nicaragua expects, in order to wash the stains and shame of the Organization of American States, that the Secretary-General Mr. Almagro put forward his irrevocable resignation to this plenary meeting today in the Dominican Republic.”

The Nicaraguan representative added that his country believed Almagro was “abusing his post” by acting in an interventionist manner, which risked negatively affecting the stability of the Venezuelan government.

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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No Reason to Invoke OAS Democratic Charter in Venezuela, Bolivia Says

SANTO DOMINGO – There is no reason to implement the Organization of American States Democratic Charter in Venezuela because that country “has not broken institutional rule,” Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca said on Wednesday.

Venezuela’s “democratic institutions have not been interrupted. All the institutions are functioning,” Choquehuanca said in a press conference in Santo Domingo.

“There is no need to invoke Article 20 of the Democratic Charter,” the Bolivian foreign minister said, adding that all countries have problems and they should be resolved by domestic authorities without third-party intervention.

“There are problems in Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil and the United States, but their people and authorities have always had the ability to resolve their problems,” Choquehuanca said.

Choquehuanca was accompanied by Attorney General Hector Arce and other officials at the press conference.

The foreign minister is attending the OAS General Assembly in Santo Domingo, where he defended Bolivia’s claim to sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday.

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Venezuela: Support for Government-Opposition Dialogue Stressed

Caracas, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez cataloged today as a victory for her country within the OAS the support for the dialogue between the government and the opposition with the accompaniment of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur, in Spanish).

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