The UN Security Council failed to adopt a resolution on Venezuela on Thursday, February 28. On the US-proposed document calling to bring the country to new presidential elections, was vetoed by Russia and China. A little later, the draft alternative resolution introduced by the Russian Federation was supported by 4 of the 15 members of the Security Council.
The American document called for “free, fair and credible elections” in Venezuela. In addition, he called on Caracas to allow foreign observers to participate in the elections and to lift restrictions on the supply of humanitarian aid.
As stated by the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vasily Nebenzia, the United States was well aware that their resolution has no chance of being adopted. “We seriously fear that today’s meeting can be used as a stage for the preparation of real, not humanitarian intervention, as a pretext for external intervention because of the alleged inability of the Security Council to resolve the situation in Venezuela,” Nebenzia stressed.
Moscow, in turn, proposed to defend the “independence and sovereignty” of the Venezuelan state with the help of the “Montevideo mechanism” developed by Mexico, Uruguay and members of the Caribbean community. It provides for the beginning of a dialogue and the achievement of an agreement between the parties of the conflict in Venezuela.