US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that all American diplomats had left Venezuela, reports RIA Novosti.
According to him, now the employees of the diplomatic corps will continue their mission from other places – “to help manage the flow of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan people and to support leaders of democracy who bravely resist tyranny.”
At the same time, the head of the State Department promised to resume the American presence as soon as the Bolivarian Republic “begins the transition to democracy.”
On Tuesday, March 12, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreas ordered all American diplomats to leave the country. Prior to this, Pompeo announced his intention to withdraw from Caracas all representatives of the State Department who remained there, noting that their presence was a deterrent to Washington’s policies, but did not specify what this is manifested in.
On January 23, a wave of protests swept Venezuela, after which the speaker of the opposition National Assembly, Juan Guaido, declared himself acting president. The United States and several other countries have recognized him as a legitimate leader. Russia expressed support for the country’s legitimate president.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused Washington of attempting a coup and called Guaydo a “puppet of the United States.” He gave the American diplomatic corps 72 hours to leave the country. January 24, most of the American diplomats left the South American Republic.
US President Donald Trump announced his readiness to consider all options in the event of Caracas using force against the opposition. Moscow, in turn, warned Washington against any military means of resolving the situation in Venezuela.
On February 27, the Federation Council adopted a special regulation in connection with the situation in Venezuela. It says, in particular, that any attempts to invade a country from outside will be regarded by the Russian parliament as an act of aggression and a violation of international law.