Kremlin warns against meddling in Venezuelan settlement

Anti-government protesters hold their hands up during the symbolic swearing-in of Juan Guaido, head of the opposition-run congress who declared himself interim president of Venezuela until elections can be called, during a rally demanding President Nicolas Maduro's resignation in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. Venezuela's crisis quickly escalated as the opposition leader backed by the Trump administration declared himself interim president in a direct challenge to Maduro, who retaliated by breaking off relations with the United States, his biggest trade partner. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

MOSCOW, Jan 28, 2019, TASS. Moscow warns against interfering in the Venezuelan settlement, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, stressing that this position is Russia’s key assistance that it can provide now to Caracas.

“It is most important now that Venezuelans themselves should settle all differences that can be between them in the framework of the constitution and the only help that all of us can offer is not to meddle in the situation like certain countries are doing directly,” Peskov stressed.

The Kremlin has not contacted Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and has no plans to do that, Peskov told reporters.

When asked about contacts with Guaido, he said there hadn’t been any. At the same time, when asked whether contacts might take place in the future, Peskov said that as far as he knew “there are no such plans.”

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