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Russian FM speaks about the Venezuelan stalemate

“Law-enforcement and the military should not cross the dangerous line and should act within the limits of their authority”

Maria Zakharova, Spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

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03 de junio de 2017 12:50 PM

Actualizado el 03 de junio de 2017 12:58 PM

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Russian FM speaks about the Venezuelan stalemate

Russia laments that the appeal made by the United Nations Secretary General and Pope Francis for renewed talks between the Venezuelan government and the opposition has not been effective.
According to the Russian government, the possibility of finding a peaceful solution to the Venezuelan inner strife is really plausible.
Excerpts of the press briefing by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, on the developments in Venezuela, on May 31:
Developments in Venezuela are a source of deep concern. We regularly share our assessments. Society is becoming a hostage of tough scenarios of political struggle. The confrontation is escalating. Firearms are used more often during street protests of anti-government forces. This is increasing the number of victims. To our great regret, more than 60 people were killed and over a thousand wounded in the two months of protests.
We are deeply concerned that attacks are directed at schools, hospitals and transport. There were even cases of rough justice staged by the enraged mob against the Government’s supporters. Attempts are being made to capture arsenals of armed units. Teenagers and children are getting involved in mass disorder, which is absolutely impermissible.
We are alarmed by statements of the opposition forces on the transition to “frontal confrontation to the very end.” Despite aggressive manifestations and growing provocations, law-enforcement and the military should not cross the dangerous line and should act within the limits of their authority.
We are convinced that constructive dialogue between the Government and the opposition in Venezuela with authoritative international mediation is the best way of avoiding a massive war and starting to seek practical solutions to socio-economic problems that regrettably were relegated to the background by the political confrontation. It is a pity that recent appeals by the UN Secretary-General and the Pope of Rome to resume negotiations remained unheeded.
We believe it will be possible to find a peaceful settlement of the internal conflict in Venezuela after the National Election Council determines the terms for the election of governors, on which the coalition of the opposition forces insisted. We hope that the desire for peace inherent in the Venezuelan people will triumph.

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