Russia says will prevent US military intervention – Venezuela crisis

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Venezuela's Vice President Delcy Rodriguez and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shake hand after a joint news conference in Moscow, Russia, March 1, 2019. (Reuters)

US was among the first countries to recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido as legitimate leader, arguing President Nicholas Maduro’s May 2018 re-election was a sham. Maduro accuses Guaido of being a coup-mongering puppet for US President Trump.

Sunday, March 3

Russia vows to prevent US military intervention 

Russia will do all possible to prevent a US military intervention in Venezuela, the TASS news agency quoted the speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliamentas saying on Sunday.

“We are very much concerned that the USA could carry out any provocations to shed blood, to find a cause and reasons for an intervention in Venezuela,” Valentina Matvienko told VenezuelanVice President Delcy Rodriguez in Moscow.

“But we will do all in order not to allow this,” said Matvienko, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin

Saturday, March 2

Guaido to return home after Ecuador visit

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Saturday he would return to Venezuela from Ecuador, where he was meeting with President Lenin Moreno during a tour of Latin American nations to muster support.

Guaido told reporters that he was calling for new protests on Monday and Tuesday in Venezuela. He did not say when or how he planned to return.