Russia, China, Egypt and Bolivia boycotted an informal public United Nations Security Council meeting on Venezuela on Monday organized by the United States, saying the 15-member body should not be involved in the situation.
Members of the European Union have announced their support for a series of sanctions by the bloc against Venezuela as the South American country continues to clash with the Western governments over an ongoing crackdown on the opposition.
Following a tour of Russia, Turkey and Belarus, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his country is receiving support from a ‘new world’ thanks to the sanctions ordered by his US counterpart, Donald Trump, against Caracas.
Iranian and Venezuelan companies are looking for ways to continue economic cooperation, even increase bilateral trade, against the backdrop of American sanctions that were slapped on the South American country at the end of August.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who last week called Venezuela a dictatorship, is scheduled to meet with opposition representatives, including the president and vice president of the opposition-governed congress, on Monday, his office says.
US Vice President Mike Pence has said the United States will not allow the “collapse of Venezuela,” adding Washington will use “economic and diplomatic power” to restore democracy in the South American nation.
Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress on Saturday rejected the self-proclaimed lawmaking authority of a new legislative body elected last month at the behest of President Nicolas Maduro, widening the political divide in the crisis-hit country.
Venezuela's new legislative superbody was criticized by South American governments and Washington after giving itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress while ex-top prosecutor Luisa Ortega fled the country.