Russian officials react to Venezuela crisis

(24 Jan 2019) RESTRICTION SUMMARY: AP CLIENTS ONLY

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Moscow – 24 January, 2019
1. Interior of the Russian State Duma
2. Mid of deputies walking
3. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the Duma's foreign affairs committee:
"The United States is using a well-known scenario that was implemented in Iraq and Syria; trying to eliminate a regime that since the times of Hugo Chavez has always been in opposition to the attempts to build a mono-polar world, which is the key issue in Washington's foreign policy."
4. Cutaway of Duma sign
5. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the Duma's foreign affairs committee:
"As for us (Russia), of course we are against any attempts to meddle in the internal affairs of other countries. This destroys international law. Of course, if – God forbid – a major confrontation starts in the country (Venezuela), a civil war actually, it's absolutely a destructive route, it's a path to nowhere."
6. Interior of State Duma
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7. STILL of Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov: ++AUDIO IN SHOT 8 PLAYS UNDERNEATH++
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8. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin:
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"We consider the attempt to usurp power in Venezuela hypocritical and destructive, which violates basic international law."
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9. STILL of Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov: ++AUDIO IN SHOT 10 PLAYS UNDERNEATH++
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Moscow – 22 January 2019
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10. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin:
"Of course, we're following closely the development of events in Venezuela. We're quite concerned over statements from foreign nations, which do not rule out foreign intervention in the development of internal events in Venezuela. We consider such intervention unacceptable."
STORYLINE:
Russian authorities have dismissed the political crisis in Venezuela as an attempted coup and expressed concern over suggestions of possible foreign military intervention.
Russia is a key ally of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, who was sworn in for his second term in office earlier this month.
Maduro's rival Juan Guaido on Wednesday declared himself interim president before masses of demonstrators in Caracas.
Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the Duma's foreign affairs committee, said Russia was against "any attempts to meddle in the internal affairs of other countries".
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed Guaido's announcement an "attempt to usurp power" which violates international law.
He also said the Kremlin was concerned about statements "from foreign nations, which do not rule out foreign intervention".
US President Donald Trump has promised to use the "full weight" of US economic and diplomatic power to push for the restoration of Venezuela's democracy.
Russia's Foreign Ministry in a statement issued earlier on Thursday said that the crisis in Venezuela "has reached a dangerous point" and called on the international community to mediate between the government and the opposition.
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