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Conception of Diplomatic, Political and Military Options to End the Venezuela Crisis: NPR



US. Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo, pictured in March, said he intended to tell his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, that Moscow should stop interfering in the Venezuelan crisis.

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US. Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo, pictured in March, said he intended to tell his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, that Moscow should stop interfering in the Venezuelan crisis.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that Trump's government plans to prepare for the withdrawal of a wide range of options for the departure of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, demanding that the interfering countries end their involvement in the affairs of the besieged nation In a series of television appearances, Pompeo suggested that the overthrow of the Maduro government was imminent, and the support of opposition leader Juan Guaidó was strong despite his failed attempt last week to raid the socialist leader on a large scale.

"We have a whole range of options to prepare for," said Pompeo on ABC's "This Week," adding that possible paths include "diplomatic options," "policy options," "options with our allies "and, finally, include a number of options that would require US military use."

"We are preparing for [Guaidó] so we will not trample when the situation arises," Pompeo said ,

Asked whether President Trump believes that he can intervene without Congressional approval, Pompeo said he was "very confident that any action we have taken in Venezuela is lawful." US Secretary of State rejected the proposals that the President with his own advisors on the role that Russia plays in the crisis, not keeping up with its own advisers.

After a Friday call with Vladimir Putin on Friday, Trump said that the Russian president "did not look around at all Participate in Venezuela without seeing anything positive for Venezuela."

Trump's statements contradicted Pompeo's earlier statements and national security adviser John Bolton, who had indicted Russia on Twitter an hour earlier and Cuba of maneuvering to "keep Maduro in power" by providing additional foreign forces to the regime.

But on Fox News Sunday Pompeo said Trump was "very clear" because he wanted the Russians not to interfere in Venezuela. He referred to a tweet from a few weeks ago, in which Trump said the Russians have to get out. "That remains our view," he said. "We do not want the Venezuelan people being disturbed by any country, be it China or Russia."

The US and more than 50 other countries recognize Guaidó as a legitimate interim leader. Earlier this week Guaidó unsuccessfully called on the country's military to revolt against Maduro, but the protests against Maduro continued.

Pompeo comments come to a personal meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Monday as part of a multi-day trip to Europe.

Following a meeting on Sunday with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in Moscow, Lavrov condemned the US for allegedly violating international law.


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