Tensions Between US and Russia Grow Over Venezuela

Nations trade warnings against interference

Tensions continue to rise between the US and Russia this week on the heels of a failed, US-backed coup in Venezuela. The US is blaming Russia, at least in part, for the failure, while Russia is warning the US against meddling in the country.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov, with Lavrov warning the US that it considers the US interference as a “flagrant breach of international law.” Pompeo argued that continuing to oppose regime change was “destabilizing” for Venezuela.

Pompeo claimed on Tuesday that President Maduro was set to leave Venezuela for exile on Tuesday, but changed his mind when Russia told him not to. Russia has denied that this was the case, claiming it was part of America’s “information war.

When the coup was in progress, Mick Mulvaney said that in the US view, Russia and Cuba were “not supposed to” intervene on behalf of the Venezuelan government. Russia, however, has continued to support Maduro, and that doesn’t seem likely to change. With US and Russian views of Venezuela’s future both starkly different, this is likely to remain a source of tension for some time.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.