Russia backs talks between Venezuela’s government and opposition

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President Vladimir Putin told his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro at talks in Moscow on Wednesday that Russia supported dialogue between the government and opposition to find a way out of Venezuela’s political crisis.

Maduro’s representatives walked away from the table in August to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s tightening of sanctions on the OPEC nation.

Venezuela’s opposition said earlier this month that a dialogue mediated by Norway to try to resolve the crisis in Venezuela had ended, six weeks after Maduro’s government suspended its participation.

Moscow has been one of Maduro’s biggest backers in the face of what it has described as U.S. efforts to undermine him.

 

Zainab Sa’id