CARACAS (Sputnik) — Venezuela's Constituent Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez on Monday expressed her gratitude to the Russian and Chinese governments for their statements criticizing US sanctions against Caracas.
Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that recent US sanctions against Venezuela's financial and oil sectors would deepen economic problems in the country. Similarly, Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that the US restrictive measures would aggravate instability in Venezuela even further.
"We thank them [China and Russia] for their statements as they are based on respect of the international law," Rodriguez said.
The Constituent Assembly is a legislative body, which has the power to amend Venezuela's constitution. The election of the assembly took place amid mass, deadly protests across the country. Venezuelan opposition, as well as the European Union and the United States, have refused to recognize the body's legitimacy.