Russia Pledges Support to Maduro as Venezuela’s ‘Elected President’

Commander Ramiro Vales with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the inauguration of an oil extraction plant in Boca de Jaruco, Cuba. Foto: Ismael Francisco/ Cubadebate.

HAVANA TIMES – Russia on Friday backed Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela and accused the United States of trying to destabilize governments opposed to its interests, reported dpa news.

“There is only one elected president in Venezuela, and it is Nicolas Maduro,” Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said during a visit to Cuba.

Russia is one of Maduro’s few remaining key allies after the US, alongside many European and Latin American countries, recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president.

“Only the Venezuelans themselves can overcome their differences through dialogue,” Medvedev said at the University of Havana, where he was awarded a honorary doctoral degree.

He accused the US of trying to change governments, of intervening “in any country” and of investing money to destabilize political systems.

“[They] do not want to listen to any criticism,” he added.

At the start of his visit on Thursday, Medvedev stressed Russia’s good relations with Cuba at a time when US President Donald Trump’s administration has stepped up pressure on the island over its support for Maduro.

Venezuela is facing a deep political and economic crisis, with Maduro trying to ward off opposition attempts to oust him while millions of people have fled galloping inflation and goods shortages to neighboring countries.

2 thoughts on “Russia Pledges Support to Maduro as Venezuela’s ‘Elected President’

  • Prime minister Medvedev is a liar.
    Maduro is an obvious corrupt dictator who rigged the farce.

  • I am from Vancouver,Canada and I wanted to say that Yankee Imperialism has always been an enemy of Cuba and Russia and recently is an enemy of Venezuela.Yankee Imperialism needs to be stopped by whatever means necessary.Imperialism is the last stage of Capitalism and it is an hindrance to progress in all parts of the world.The fight against Yankee Imperialism is worldwide and needs to continue so that progress can be made for a better world.


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