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2019年05月03日

Russia Forms Group to Oppose Possible US Intervention in Venezuela

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On Wednesday, the Russian foreign minister spoke to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, telling the top US diplomat that Washington's interference in Venezuela's affairs was a destructive approach fraught with "the most serious consequences."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged the United States to refrain from returning to the imperious 'Monroe Doctrine' in its relations with Venezuela, and indicated that while the Russian and US positions on the crisis in the Latin American country remain incompatible, dialogue must continue.

"We agreed to maintain contacts, including on Venezuela, but I don't see a way to reconcile our positions − ours, on the one hand, which is based on the UN Charter and the principles and norms of international law, and that of the United States, on the other, in which Washington assigns the acting president of another country," Lavrov said, speaking to reporters in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Thursday.

"Our positions are incompatible, but we are ready to talk," Lavrov stressed.

According to the foreign minister, during their conversation Wednesday, he told Pompeo that the return of the Monroe Doctrine approach to US foreign policy was a sign of disrespect to the people of Venezuela and Latin America as a whole.

Commenting on the possibility of a US military intervention of Venezuela, Lavrov said that Russia plans to create a bloc of countries to counter such plans. This group is already being formed at the UN, he indicated. "I hope that it will receive serious support from the organisation, because we're talking about a very simple issue − one that's hard to distort: the defence of the fundamental norms and principles of international law as they are defined in the UN Charter."

Maduro Never Had Plans to 'Flee' Venezuela

Lavrov noted that earlier claims by Secretary of State Pompeo about Maduro's supposed plans to escape the country and Russia's efforts to dissuade him from doing so were simply not true. "If one were to review everything that officials in the US administration say about Venezuela, an endless series of questions would arise. And all of these questions, as a rule, have one and the same answer. Putting it diplomatically: this is not true," Lavrov said.

Asked why Secretary of State Pompeo may have called him in the first place, Lavrov said that as he understood it, "he called so that he could later say publicly that he called me and urged Russia not to interfere. Well, he did so." At the same time, Lavrov indicated that Russia does not interfere in Venezuela's internal affairs, calling Pompeo's allegations to that effect "rather surreal."

Lavrov and Pompeo spoke by telephone by Wednesday, a day after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido announced the beginning of the "final phase" in the opposition's bid to seize power in the Latin American country. Before the talks, Pompeo told US media that the US could still US military force against the country "if that's what's required."

Guaido proclaimed himself Venezuela's interim president on January 23, two weeks after Maduro's inauguration for a second terms following elections in May 2018. The opposition leader was immediately recognised by the US and its Latin American and European allies, as well as Canada, while Russia, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia and other countries around the world voiced their support for the elected government, or urged non-interference in Venezuela's internal affairs.

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Russia Forms Group to Oppose Possible US Intervention in Venezuela

On the same day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also addressed the issue of the Venezuelan crisis, saying that Russia would establish a group of nations to counteract a possible US military intervention in Venezuela, adding that such a group is already being formed in the United Nations.

Argentina's former star player Diego Armando Maradona, right, listens to Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaking during his closing campaign rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, May 17, 2018
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US Would Use ‘SLAUGHTER’ and 'CIVIL WAR' in Venezuela for Intervention - Maduro
The Russian minister emphasised that even though the positions of Washington and Moscow on the crisis in the Latin American country were incompatible, Russia and the United States have agreed to maintain contact.

Earlier in the week, Bolton said that US military forces were "ready to go" into the Latin American country at a moment's notice.

Tensions in Venezuela have been high since January, when the country's opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself the interim president and was immediately supported by the United States and its allies. Nicolas Maduro, in turn, was backed by Russia and China, among other states, as the only legitimate president of Venezuela.
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Iraqi Source: US Aware of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's Moves, Hideouts

Iraqi Source: US Aware of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's Moves, Hideouts
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iraqi military source in al-Anbar said that the US forces deployed in the Western parts of the province are aware of ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's whereabouts, moves and hideouts.

The source was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website as saying on Thursday that the Americans are in possession of all intelligence about al-Baghdadi but refrain from providing them to the Iraqi government in a move to exert pressure on Baghdad to keep the US forces in the country.

He added that ISIL commanders close to al-Baghdadi who had been arrested by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have disclosed all intelligence about al-Baghdadi to the Americans.

Meantime, Abbas al-Ardawi, a senior Iraqi security expert, said that al-Baghdadi's reappearance is in line with the US plot to create insecurity in Iraq and keep its forces in the country.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, another Iraqi expert also said reappearance of al-Baghdadi in front of the cameras after five years was aimed at justifying the US military deployment in Iraq.

Hamad al-Dulaimi told the Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid news website that the Iraqi parties which favored the US continued deployment in Iraq were much likely to make use of al-Baghdadi's move to magnify potential threats by the ISIL.

He added that the US was the first to misuse al-Baghdadi's reemergence politically and as an emphasis on its recent warnings about the danger of ISIL and importance of its forces' presence in Iraq.

Al-Arabi al-Jadid also quoted Iraqi officials as saying that al-Baghdadi had come into sight again as Iraqi security forces were running operations to cleanse Jabal Hamrin mountains and some regions of al-Anbar desert from terrorists, adding that the ISIL cells were now in their weakest conditions since the freedom of Mosul and after they were stranded in desert areas.

Al-Baghdadi in a new video message released after five years threatened to take revenge of the killed and jailed members of the terrorist group.

The ISIL terrorist group released an 18-minute video message of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in which he had threatened to continue his terrorist activities.

Al-Baghdadi was seen with three masked militants while the ISIL ringleader pointed to the ISIL's exit from Baqouz region in Eastern Deir Ezzur and reiterated that the Baqouz Battle had ended.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi also said that he would take revenge of his killed and captive militants, adding that the ISIL had conducted 92 terrorists operations in eight countries to take revenge of its killed and captured members in al-Sham region.

The ISIL ringleader also claimed that the Easter blasts in Sri Lanka had been carried out in line with ISIL's revenge for Baquouz battle.

The newly-released video of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was the first since the last one released in Iraqi Mosul's Nour Mosque in 2014.

On Saturday, Russian media reports claimed that al-Baghdadi was in Syria's Badiyeh (desert) region, attempting to cross the border into Iraq.

The Arabic-language service of RT news channel quoted an Iraqi intelligence source as saying that al-Baghdadi was at present hiding in Abu Rajmin mountain near Syria's Palmyra region in Homs province.

He added that the ISIL leader wants to cross the border into Iraq in the next few weeks, noting that he has already made several unsuccessful attempts due to the tight security measures at the border.

The report said captured ISIL terrorists have leaked during interrogations that al-Baghdadi has been left with a small number of Saudi, Tunisian and Iraqi militants who are still loyal to him.

Security experts said al-Baghdadi is likely trying to join the ISIL terrorists who have been transferred by the US from Syria to Iraq.


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