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The Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday attacked the United States for “meddling” in Venezuela and claimed it could “cause a collapse of the situation.”
The Russians disputed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claim that dictator Nicolás Maduro was prepared to flee Venezuela yesterday until the Russians talked him into staying.
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“Numerous political actors in Washington do not see the harmfulness of this path towards which they push this whole story. It is strange, because it is obvious to everyone now,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a press conference.
“If Washington continues its meddling attempts in internal affairs, it may cause a collapse of the situation,” she said.
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Zakharova pushed back against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s comment to CNN on Tuesday that Maduro was preparing to leave the country until his Russian allies convinced him to dig in and fight for power.
“He had an airplane on the tarmac, he was ready to leave this morning as we understand it and the Russians indicated he should stay. He was headed for Havana,” Pompeo said.
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“Washington tried its best to demoralize the Venezuelan army and now used fakes as a part of information war,” Zakharova responded.
The UK Guardian looked back over the events of Tuesday in an evening summary, concluded after Maduro reappeared and gave a defiant speech declaring a “coup” by “Yankee imperialists” had been defeated, and speculated that both the Venezuelan opposition and U.S. officials expected several key members of Maduro’s inner circle to defect early in the day, but in the end they decided to stick with the dictator. The biggest disappointment appeared to be Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, who was apparently signaling a willingness to defect but ended up onstage with Maduro when he gave his “victory speech” Tuesday evening.
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