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    Russia Can Play Constructive Role for Negotiated Solution in Venezuela - Spanish Official

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    NEW YORK (Sputnik) - Russia can soften the current crisis in Venezuela and play a constructive role in the negotiated solution between the parties, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia Spain’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Ibero-America and the Caribbean, said.

    "I think of course they [Russia] have a role - they can soften the situation they can talk to the friends and they can play a constructive role for a negotiated solution between Venezuelans," De Laiglesia said on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York on Monday. "They can certainly a play a constructive role."

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro thanked Russia for supporting the sovereignty of his country during an interview with the Rossiya 24 news channel, a part of which was broadcast on Monday.

    Venezuela has been experiencing a humanitarian and political crisis that intensified in January when US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido disputed Maduro's re-election and declared himself interim president.

    Maduro has called Guaido a US puppet and accused Washington of trying to orchestrate a coup to seize Venezuela’s resources.

    In the meantime, Russia, China, Turkey and several other countries stated that Nicolas Maduro is the only legitimate head of Venezuela.

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