Venezuela FM says Maduro and Trump should meet to 'find common ground'

Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev

Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev

The socialist leader and his allies, like Russian Federation and Cuba, have accused the opposition of using aid as an excuse for foreign intervention, and the United States of preparing for a military incursion.

Reuters quoted diplomats as saying the US version is likely to receive the required nine votes in the council but is expected to fail due to a Russian veto.

Venezuela has been struck by a humanitarian crisis that has left millions in poverty and chronic shortages of basic necessities such as food and medication.

Patrushev said Washington had asked Moscow for consultations on Venezuela and that Russian Federation had agreed, but that American officials had repeatedly postponed them under false pretexts.

The draft resolution, seen by AFP, calls for "free, fair and credible presidential elections", with the presence of worldwide observers, and describes the May vote in which Maduro was declared the victor as "neither free nor fair".

By provoking a series of violent confrontations along the Colombian and Brazilian borders, the Trump-backed opposition has managed to manufacture a false narrative created to delegitimize the Maduro government and justify further foreign military intervention. The Kremlin has continued to support President Nicolas Maduro, while the U.S.is pushing for him to step aside.

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The U.S. envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that he was concerned for Guaido's safety upon his return to Venezuela. "The only thing to discuss with Maduro at this point is the time and date for his departure", he said on Twitter.

The proposed measure stresses the importance of ensuring the security of opposition members, but a reference in a previous draft expressing "full support" for the National Assembly was dropped.

The text also calls for new elections in the South American nation, despite worldwide observers calling last year's May elections, in which Nicolás Maduro won by a wide margin, valid and democratic.

In his remarks, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza asked the Security Council to pass a resolution rejecting "the threat and the use of force" against his country.

Earlier Wednesday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, referring to the presidents of the USA and Venezuela, said: "Why shouldn't they meet so that they can try to find common ground and work out differences?"

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