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Russia's foreign ministry reportedly issues call for countries to help Venezuela, but not meddle

Key Points
  • Russia's foreign ministry said the international community should focus on helping to solve Venezuela's economic and social problems and refrain from any "destructive" interference, Interfax news agency reported.
  • Earlier on Sunday U.S. President Donald Trump said in an interview to CBS that sending the military to Venezuela was "an option".
Government supporters hold a rally in support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on January 26, 2019 in Caracas.
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Russia's foreign ministry said on Sunday that the international community should focus on helping to solve Venezuela's economic and social problems and refrain from any "destructive" interference, Interfax news agency reported.

"The international community's goal should be to help (Venezuela solve socio-economic problems), without destructive meddling from beyond its borders," Alexander Shchetinin, head of the ministry's Latin American department, was cited by Interfax as saying.

Earlier on Sunday U.S. President Donald Trump said in an interview to CBS that sending the military to Venezuela was "an option".

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Key Points
  • Venezuela is a place whose destiny in any case would have had outsized consequences for Latin America and global energy markets.
  • On one side, the U.S. and its democratic allies have backed opposition leader Juan Guaido in the contest for the future of Venezuela.
  • Dictator Nicolas Maduro, meanwhile, is supported by China, Russia and Cuba, raising the geopolitical stakes of the struggle.