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Russia hopes any U.S plan to invade Venezuela will fail: FM

Russia is concerned about possible U.S. military intervention in Venezuela and hopes its plans will fail amid international opposition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

"Everything is possible and I do not exclude that the U.S. administration may decide on actions that will once again violate all conceivable norms of international law," Lavrov said at a press conference following talks with visiting Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez.

According to Lavrov, U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams is busy creating a scenario, which could provoke bloodshed in Venezuela to justify an armed invasion.

Lavrov said Russia is concerned about reports that the United States plans to purchase weapons in Eastern Europe to arm militants to destabilize the situation in Venezuela.

However, there is not a single country "with the possible exception of one or two closest U.S. allies" that would support the option of military intervention in Venezuela, Lavrov said.

He said Brazil and Colombia have ruled out supporting an armed invasion, and any U.S. plan would fail without their backing.

Lavrov said Russia will keep persuading the United States to respect international law and the UN Charter, and hopes that "reason will prevail in the U.S. leadership."

[Source: Xinhua, Moscow, 01Mar19]

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