Russian minister Ryabkov hails talks between Venezuela’s rivals as important for political settlement

Helsinki [Finland], July 11: Russian deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov has on Wednesday said the latest round of dialogues between embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his opposition leader Juan Guaido, mediated by the Norwegian side, was important which aimed at normalizing the nation’s current situation.

Russian minister Ryabkov hails talks between Venezuela’s rivals as important for political settlement

After holding a meeting with Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, TASS news agency quoted Ryavkob as saying, “We highlight the importance of the efforts taken by the Norwegian side aimed at facilitating talks and consultations between the (Venezuelan) government and the opposition. The next round, which is underway in Barbados, provides a serious contribution to the joint efforts aimed at normalizing the situation.”

However, he also asserted his claim the United States played its role in attempting to stage a coup in Caracas. He said, “We do not hide our disapproval of such methods, we have talked about it as well,” according to ANI news reports.

Representatives of both Maduro and his opposition have held several rounds of talks in which was mediated the Norwegian side, however, they failed to reach an agreement.

Last month, Maduro has said he has held the second of negotiations with his opposition in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, noting secret dialogues have been underway for around a couple of months.

The Norwegian government stated the parties have demonstrated their willingness to move towards finding for “an agreed-upon and constitutional solution” for Venezuela, which is facing an economic and political crisis.

 

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