MOSCOW, Russia – The Lima Group’s attitude, which does not recognize the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro’s new presidential term in Venezuela, was inspired by the US, which will continue to pressure the Venezuelan leader, said Russian Senator Igor Morozov.
“All this is being provoked by the US, which will continue to pressure Maduro and the political processes in the country,” the senator said.
Washington’s goal is yet another “colored revolution,” Morozov said, noting that the Americans had already rehearsed such revolutions in the Middle East and Ukraine.
The senator revealed that the “colored revolution” in Venezuela could begin, as in other countries, on the Internet “with appeals on social networks to get out on the street” to provoke social protests.
Morozov stressed that Russia, being an ally of Venezuela, should help to avoid this development of the situation.
“All the technological aspects of Washington’s preparation for a new colored revolution in Venezuela must be unmasked and documented, the illegal steps the US is preparing in this country should be discussed in the UN Security Council,” he concluded.
The Lima Group announced on Jananuary 4 that it did not recognize the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro’s new presidential term in Venezuela, which will begin on the 10th of this month, and asked the president not to take office and to give up power until new elections.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza accused members of the Lima Group of encouraging a coup against President Nicolás Maduro.
“A group of countries on the American continent agreed to encourage a coup in Venezuela in an unparalleled event in the history of the region to try to ignore both the democratically elected government and the legitimately constituted institutions,” the minister told Venezuelan state television.
The Venezuelan minister replied to the statement that 13 countries from the 14 members of the so-called Lima Group indicate that they do not recognize the legitimacy of Maduro’s new presidential term and urge the president not to take the position and transfer the powers of the Executive Branch until elections are held.
Mexico was the only country that did not sign the declaration.
Arreaza said in his speech that such a demonstration will not prevent President Maduro from assuming his new term as scheduled.
“The Republic of Venezuela is pleased to inform that on January 10 President Nicolás Maduro Moros will take legitimate and constitutional possession of the presidency of the republic for the period between 2019 and 2025 in perfect harmony with the established in the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which does not require the consent of any foreign government,” he added.
In addition, he pointed out that on May 20, Maduro was re-elected in accordance with all Venezuelan electoral regulations, with 67% of the votes validated by the National Electoral Council and 43.69% of the popular participation.