UN Security Council votes to reject Russian, US resolutions on Venezuela, ONA reports citing Sputnik.
The United States and Russia have introduced two competing draft UN resolutions on Venezuela. Washington's document calls for a snap presidential election in the Latin American country while supporting self-proclaimed Interim President Juan Guaido. Moscow's reaffirms its support for the legitimate, constitutionally elected President Nicolas Maduro, ONA reports citing Sputnik.
On Wednesday, the United States requested that the UN Security Council hold a meeting to vote on its draft resolution calling for new presidential election in Venezuela and the unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid to the Latin American country, which was coordinated with the Venezuelan opposition.
In turn, Russia has introduced its own draft resolution at the Security Council. According to the text of the Russian-sponsored document, obtained by Sputnik on Wednesday, the draft resolution "reaffirms the primary role of the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the initiation, organization, coordination and implementation of international assistance efforts and initiatives within its national territory, and recalls that such assistance should be provided with the consent of and on the basis of an appeal by the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela".
The document also calls for a political dialogue aimed at settling the current crisis in the Bolivarian Republic, including the implementation of the Montevideo mechanism.
Tensions in Venezuela escalated on 23 January, when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president. Incumbent President Nicolas Maduro called Guaido's move an attempt to stage a coup. The US and around 50 other countries have recognized Guaido. Russia and a number of other states have voiced their support for Maduro.