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.
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.
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.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
By Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the developments in Venezuela
Political tension has again flared up in the friendly Republic of Venezuela. We are analysing the legal aspects and the possible consequences of the decision to transfer legislative powers to the Supreme Court of Venezuela.
Here are our considerations.
First, we believe that all decisions taken by the bodies of power and political and civil forces must comply with and be based on the constitution. This is our firm position, which we are hereby reaffirming.
Second, in light of the above, measures must be taken to resume the operation of all legal bodies of power, which should adjust their activities, including those that have resulted in the current crisis, to the national legislation.
Third, broad and constructive political dialogue should be launched in the country to prevent any further escalation of confrontation.
And fourth, it would be advisable for the mission of international mediators represented by respected international politicians and the regional community (UNASUR) to resume their operation.
We stress the importance of replacing the logic of confrontation with the logic of dialogue. The external forces should refrain from making statements that could add fuel to the fire of infighting in Venezuela. We reaffirm our commitment to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of countries. As a great Latin American politician said, “Respect for the rights of others means peace.”