Russia welcomes the contacts between Venezuela’s government and opposition that began in Oslo, this is a step in the right direction, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

“Information has leaked about their contacts on Norwegian territory. We welcome this. We believe that this is a step in the right direction. We do not interfere in this confidential dialogue, we hope Venezuelans themselves will show wisdom and care for their country”, Lavrov in an interview with RBC.

Lavrov also said that Moscow hasn’t ended contact with Venezuela’s opposition.

“As for your question about working with the opposition, we are not quitting this work. As I said, in Venezuela we responded several times to requests for contact. These contacts took place”, Lavrov said in an interview with RBC.

“During these conversations, we reaffirmed our position in favour of a national dialogue, expressed disagreement with the fact that in response to the call by the ‘Montevideo Mechanism’ to start such a dialogue, when President [Nicolas] Maduro agreed, [opposition leader Juan] Guaido haughtily refused”, he said.

Venezuela entered a turbulent political crisis after Guaido proclaimed himself interim president in January. Several countries, including the United States, have endorsed him as Venezuela’s leader and urged Maduro to step down. Maduro, in turn, has accused the United States of attempting to orchestrate a coup in the country and bring Guaido to power. Russia, China, Turkey, and several other countries have continued to recognize constitutionally-elected Maduro as the legitimate Venezuelan leader.

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