Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused the West of trying to “dismember” Russia amid sweeping sanctions on Moscow over its military campaign in Ukraine. Maduro’s country has been living under major US embargoes since 2019.
“They are lining up, economically, politically, and diplomatically [in the West] for a big war against Russia. From Venezuela, we denounce it,” Maduro said in a televised speech on Friday.
“They want a war to dismember Russia, destroy it in pieces and end the hope of a multipolar world where we can all live.”
The South American country condemned Thursday’s vote in the UN General Assembly to suspend Russia from the global organization’s Human Rights Council. Venezuelan
Foreign Minister Felix Plasencia said the move “destroys bridges” necessary for dialogue and “seriously threatens security, order and global peace.”
The US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Venezuela, hitting its oil industry, among other things. Washington has openly supported Maduro’s political opponent, Juan Guaido, while Maduro accused the West of trying to oust him from power.