UN Security Council rejects U.S., Russian resolutions on Venezuela

Venezuela's self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido speaks during a meeting with university students at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas Venezuela. Venezuelans abroad are already playing a key role

Russian Federation and China have vetoed a US resolution urging new elections in Venezuela, unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid and "the peaceful restoration of democracy".

A draft resolution tabled by the United States was rejected at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) after being vetoed by China and Russian Federation.

The U.N. Security Council has scheduled votes on rival resolutions on Venezuela.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has arrived in Brasília for talks with Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

Russian Federation recognizes Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela's legitimate President. South Africa voted against the resolution, too, three countries abstained, while nine other states supported it.

The draft also failed after receiving four votes in favor, seven against and four abstentions.

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The rival resolutions reflect the deep divisions in the Security Council over the political conflict in oil-rich Venezuela, which faces a humanitarian crisis and a collapsing economy.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia meanwhile accused the United States of putting forward a text that was "written for regime change, disguised as care for people".

The US official reproached the speaker of the National Assembly in contempt for his constant failures, after he was recognized as Venezuela's president in charge on January 23, actions that have not allowed justifying the military intervention designed by the White House. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershining and Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza have confirmed at their meeting in Geneva the unacceptability of any attempts to interfere into Venezuela's internal affairs, and said that U.S. actions toward Venezuela constitute a violation of worldwide law.

"China maintains that all countries should abide by the basic principles of worldwide law and global relations, opposes foreign interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela, and opposes military intervention in Venezuela", Ma Zhaoxu, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, said at a Security Council meeting on the situation in Venezuela.

Jorge Arreaza: "Again, we are calling for dialogue-dialogue with the United States, yes, why not?-between President Maduro and President Trump".

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