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    Hands Off! Russian Envoy Stands Against Imposing Color Revolution on Venezuela

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    The people of Venezuela should settle the internal political crisis on their own, and foreign interference in unacceptable, the Russian ambassador to the American country said.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Russia is prepared to join efforts aimed at resolving Venezuela's internal political standoff if necessary, Russian Ambassador to Venezuela Vladimir Zaemsky told Sputnik.

    "We welcome efforts of various politicians to help reach a mutual understanding between the various political groups in Venezuela and we hope that such steps eventually would lead to a positive result. We are ready to join this if it is deemed necessary," Zaemsky said.

    Venezuela has been embroiled in a political crisis with opposition staging regular protests and launching a campaign to remove President Nicolas Maduro, blaming him for an economic crisis in Venezuela, a country suffering from shrinking GDP, shortages of goods and rising inflation.

    According to the ambassador, the political crisis cannot be settled without preventing the attempts of some of Venezuela's neighbors, the West, global media and non-governmental organizations to interfere in the internal affairs of the country.

    "Russia believes that the political resolution of Venezuela's problems should be found by the Venezuelan people itself… It must meet constitutional norms and national laws. Destructive meddling from abroad is unacceptable, no one can impose 'color [revolution] scenarios' based on notorious radical tactics to destabilize the situation," Zaemsky sad.

    Venezuela has been in a state of an economic emergency since January. Up to 96 percent of Venezuela’s budget depends on oil revenues amid the ongoing slump in oil prices. Venezuela’s opposition hopes to hold a recall referendum to remove Maduro from power.

    In August, Maduro pledged to act much tougher than his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in case of the coup attempt in the country.

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