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US and Russia Resolutions on Venezuela: Both Might Fail

NEW YORK – The UN Security Council is expected to vote on February 28 on competing draft resolutions submitted by the United States and Russia on the crisis in Venezuela, Reuters reported Thursday.
A resolution requires nine votes to pass the council and no veto of permanent members – the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain.
According to diplomats quoted by Reuters, the US version would probably get the required nine votes on the council, but would fail because of a Russian veto.
The Moscow project should not get the minimum of nine votes and will fail without the need for an American veto.
According to press agencies, the US resolution calls on United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to contribute to a “free, fair and credible” presidential election with international observers. He also mentioned the need to ensure the safety of members of the political opposition, backed by Washington.
He also stressed the need to facilitate delivery of humanitarian aid in the country. President Nicolas Maduro blocked US aid deliveries, saying they were part of a Washington plot to remove him from office.
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzya on February 26 called for the Venezuelan opposition’s attempt to transport aid shipments from Colombia only to a “humanitarian show” organized by Washington.
He said the only goal of the US administration is to “change the regime, including threatening to do so by foreign intervention”.
The Russian draft resolution expresses “its concern over threats of use of force” against Venezuela. President Donald Trump has all the options on the table with Venezuela.
Washington and Moscow support opponents in the tussle in this country of South America.
The United States supports opposition leader Juan Guaido, the country’s self-proclaimed interim president, while Russia joins forces with Maduro.
Maduro took office in 2013 after the death of Hugo Chavez and was vested for a second term in January, following elections in May 2018 tainted by a boycott of the opposition and accusations of vote rigging.
He has been criticized for alleged violations of human rights and for his management of Venezuela’s economy.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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