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US 'destructive influence' in Venezuela violates international law: Russia

AFP  |  Moscow 

Russian Sergei on Wednesday told his US counterpart the "destructive influence" of the in was a violation of international law.

In a US-led telephone conversation, said "Washington's interference in Venezuelan affairs is a flagrant violation of international law" and that "this destructive influence has nothing to do with democracy", the quoted him as saying in a statement.

Pompeo said earlier Wednesday was prepared to take military action to quell the crisis in

"The pursual of these aggressive steps is fraught with consequences," said, adding that "only the Venezuelan people have the right to decide their destiny".

Venezuelan was bracing Wednesday for anti-government protests called by in a bid to pile pressure on

Pro-Maduro rallies were also expected, a day after violent clashes erupted in the capital following Guido's call on the military to rise up against Maduro, who claimed the insurrection had failed.

The is among some 50 countries that recognise Guaido, the who declared himself in January in a bid to replace Maduro, whom he has branded as illegitimate.

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First Published: Wed, May 01 2019. 23:00 IST