Russia Defends Maduro as Brazil blasts Venezuelan elections

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During a press conference, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, stated that Russia stands opposed to sanctions against Venezuela.

“The decisions by Washington to introduce unilateral sanctions against Venezuela and its financial system are absolutely hypocritical,” Zakharova said.

The Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman added that “Russia is categorically against restrictive, illegal and arbitrary measures, embargoes and sanctions adopted against sovereign governments in defiance of the UN Charter.”

Maria Zakharova also argued that the position taken by a number of countries to not recognize the results of the presidential election in Venezuela won by Nicolás Maduro is “counterproductive and leads to a dead end.”

For example, the European Union has confirmed its intentions to examine the potential for launching “appropriate measures” against the Latin American country, since, in their opinion, the elections do not meet the “minimum of international standards” .

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On May 20, presidential elections were held in Venezuela. According to data from the National Electoral Council of Venezuela, the current head of state, Nicolás Maduro, won with the support of 6.19 million votes.

Meanwhile, the Lima Group comprising Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Colombia and 10 other countries has announced in a document that they will not recognize the Venezuelan elections and will cut back diplomatic relations with Venezuela.

“The Brazilian government deeply regrets that the Venezuelan government has not responded to repeated calls from the international community for the holding of free, fair, transparent and democratic elections,” the Brazilian government said in a press release.

“Under the conditions in which it occurred – with numerous political prisoners, political parties and political leaders incapacitated, without independent international observation and in the context of absolute lack of separation of powers – the May 20 election lacked legitimacy and credibility,” the release claimed.

The Brazilian Foreign Ministry also stressed that the country will continue to work “for the restoration of democratic institutions, the rule of law and respect for human rights in Venezuela.”

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