Russian senators urge MPs in other countries to condemn calls for toppling the legitimate authorities in Venezuela

The Federation Council adopted a statement on events in and around the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The Federation Council has approved a statement on events in and around the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev made a report on the issue.

According to him, the key idea in the Statement is that Federation Council members resolutely condemn any calls for toppling the legitimate government of Venezuela from outside, confirm their firm position in favour of supporting that country’s sovereignty and independence, and declare their readiness to continue providing Venezuela the necessary support in implementing the development policy that the country itself and its people have chosen.

The Federation Council Statement on the Events In and Around the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

“We call on our partners in national parliaments of other countries and at inter-parliamentary organisations to adopt the same position and come out in support of dialogue and a peaceful political process in Venezuela and reject any attempts at outside interference in the internal affairs of that state,” Konstantin Kosachev said.

He noted that the chain of events involving Venezuela has been set in motion more than six years ago. “In 2013, the US and a number of its allies imposed harsh economic sanctions on Venezuela and its legitimate authorities.”

“The scenario implemented by those who disregard international law is being reproduced in minute detail. At first, they create as many problems as they can for the economic and social development of a targeted country that opts for an independent and sovereign domestic and foreign policy. Next they mobilise social protests and start inculcating in the people’s minds the idea that no dialogue is possible with the current authorities, which should only be overthrown. Next they start providing direct aid to the opposition with the aim of staging a government coup,” Konstantin Kosachev said, adding: “Incidentally, we see signs of a similar scenario in our country. The policy of sanctions against Russia is pursuing the same aims.”

“We are confident that we, members of the Federation Council, cannot remain indifferent to how international law is being trampled upon, how an independent country’s sovereignty is being trampled upon, and how the rights of that country’s citizens are being violated,” he said in conclusion.

The statement notes that the situation around the Bolivarian Republic is growing increasingly tense. “In recent months, attempts have been made to use a scenario of violent regime change that was tested in a number of Arab countries and Ukraine.”

“The hypocritical sending of so-called humanitarian aid by the states that have frozen Venezuela’s assets worth tens of billions of dollars is designed to prod the population of that country towards violence and to engineer an overthrow of the legitimate authorities,” the statement says.

“Statements by the leading politicians in the United States leave no doubt that a similar scenario is planned to be used against Nicaragua, Cuba and other sovereign states that reject interference in their internal affairs,” the statement says.

“The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation consistently advocates addressing the situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela based on international and national law. Members of the Federation Council are confident that the friendly people of this Latin American country are able to overcome the existing crisis on their own and in so thinking they proceed from the assumption that the legitimate authorities are supported by the Venezuelan civil society, whose opinion must certainly be respected by other states to no lesser degree than the opinion of the Venezuelan opposition that they support.”

“The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation will regard any illegal use of force against Venezuela by other states as nothing other than an act of aggression against a sovereign state and a threat to international peace and security,” the statement stressed.

The document will be sent to parliaments of other countries, the United Nations, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Member-States of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Parliament, the Latin American Parliament, the Mercosur Parliament and the Central American Parliament.

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