Foreign Ministry: Russia will never accept U.S. arguments about the change of power in Venezuela

Russia will never accept the U.S. argument about the change of power in Venezuela and the departure of President Nicolas Maduro, said Russian Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

"The problem is that the US in its policy towards Venezuela places top priority the requirement to replace the legitimate government, led by President Nicolas Maduro. We are unable for reasons of principle to take this approach, because it is a continuation of the policy of regime change, which we observe on the part of Americans in recent decades," Ryabkov said during an online discussion devoted to Russian-American relations organized by the Council on foreign relations.

We are talking about the principled position of Russia, Ryabkov said.

In Venezuela at the beginning of 2019 began mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro shortly after the oath of office. Juan Guido, head of the National Assembly, controlled by the opposition, illegally declared himself interim head of state. A number of Western countries led by the US announced its recognition of Guido. In turn, Maduro called the head of the Parliament a puppet of the US. Russia, China, Turkey and several other countries have supported Maduro as the legitimate President.