US, Russia present draft resolution to UNSC over Venezuelan political, humanitarian turmoil

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The United States has on Sunday presented a drafted resolution to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over the ongoing political and humanitarian turmoil in Venezuela, further calling for the international help and aid deliveries as well as early presidential elections.

According to Al-Jazeera news reports, Washington’s drafted resolution stressed upon a “deep concern with the violence and excessive use of force by Venezuelan security forces against unarmed peaceful protesters”.

A copy of the text obtained by AFP news agency said the US expresses “full support for the National Assembly as the only democratically elected institution in Venezuela”.

In a response to the drafted proposal, Russia has lodged a counter-proposal in the UNSC alleging that the United States President Donald Trump-led Washington government has been attempting to create situations to start a coup as well as topple the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro regime.

The Russian draft also condemned any “attempts to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of Venezuela”.

According to diplomats, showing its support for President Maduro’s regime, Russia will likely use its veto power to block the US resolution.

The US is further planning to initiate a campaign to recognize the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado as the legitimate president of the country. Meanwhile, Washington hasn’t specified any of dates regarding holding vote session on its drafted resolution to the UNSC.


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