U.S. And Russia Remain Split On What On How To Resolve The Crisis In Venezuela

Russian Deputy FM Sergey Ryabkov and US special envoy Elliott Abrams. L) © Reuters / Thomas Peter, (R) © AFP / Johannes Eisele

RFE: No Agreement On Maduro After U.S.-Russia Talks On Venezuela

The United States and Russia have held "useful" and “substantive” talks on Venezuela, but the two sides remain split on how to resolve the South American country’s crisis, according to the U.S. special representative Elliott Abrams.

Abrams made the comments in Rome on March 19 after meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who described the talks as "difficult" but frank.

Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in January, and was recognized by the United States, most European Union countries, and the majority of Latin American states.

Russia, along with other countries including Iran, Cuba, China, and Turkey, continues to recognize Nicolas Maduro as president.

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WNU Editor: These talks are going to go nowhere. Russia is committed to Venezuelan President Maduro, and will do everything in its power to keep him there .... Lavrov’s deputy to war-hawk Abrams: Venezuela ‘aid’ op unacceptable, Russia to protect its interests (RT). I think this is a mistake, and by giving Maduro hope will only insure more bloodshed in the future.

More News On U.S. - Russia Talks On Venezuela

U.S.-Russia talks on Venezuela stall over role of Maduro -- Reuters
US, Russia divided on Venezuela after talks in Rome -- FOX News/AP
US, Russia hold talks on situation in Venezuela -- The Hill
Russia Does Not Recognize Guaido as Venezuelan Leader – Deputy FM -- Sputnik

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