Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has lashed out at the United States for its “destructive” policy on Venezuela, after Washington threw its weight behind the anti-government opposition and its self-proclaimed president despite international support for President Nicolas Maduro’s legitimate government .

“The (US) policy concerning Venezuela, as with many other countries, is destructive in my opinion,” he said, adding that “this (US) behavior is unacceptable. It undermines the principles of the UN Charter and the international community’s standards,” Lavrov said during a press conference with his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, in Morocco’s capital of Rabat on Friday.

The Russian foreign minister also called on the Venezuelan opposition group “not to be pawns in someone else’s dirty game.”

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