Protesters in Caracas in January 2019 (Photo/Reuters)
Protesters in Caracas in January 2019 (Photo/Reuters)

'No direct Russia involvement in Venezuelan affairs': Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia

ANI | Updated: May 21, 2019 21:06 IST

Moscow [Russia">Russia], May 21 (ANI): Refuting the United States' claim, Venezuela on Tuesday said that there is no direct involvement of Russia">Russia in Venezuela's affairs, according to the Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia">Russia Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa.
"We can expect any comments from the US government. But you must know that some concrete action, fact has to be behind any comment," Sputnik quoted the Venezuelan diplomat as saying.
"But our government sees clearly that there is no direct intervention (of Russia">Russia)...Cooperation, larger cooperation, broadening of this cooperation in various spheres. That's what exists between Russia">Russia and Venezuela. Therefore we firmly reject US accusations that there is any direct Russia">Russia's involvement in Venezuelan affairs," he added.
This comes as Venezuela is witnessing a political crisis, which has exacerbated after National Assembly leader Juan Guaido declared himself to be the President of the nation, calling for the elected President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, to step down. The United States immediately extended support to Guaido, recognising him as the official interim President.
Maduro, however, has refused to resign, citing the support of the armed forces.
The Venezuelan diplomat's comments come in the wake of the US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, alleging that Russia">Russia "intervened" and "went against the leadership of the country of Venezuela," recently.
Russia">Russia has time and again refuted the United States' accusations. (ANI)