Russia delivers medicines, medical equipment to Venezuela, says source

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CARACAS, February 20. /TASS/. A shipment of Russian medicines and medical equipment has arrived in Venezuela, a source familiar with the delivery process told TASS on Wednesday.

“The shipment has arrived and will soon be handed over to the Venezuelans. The time of the handover is being determined,” the source said.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said earlier that 300 tonnes of humanitarian aid from Russia would be delivered to the country.

Crisis in Venezuela

On January 23, Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country’s Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country’s capital of Caracas.

Several countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), Australia, Albania, Georgia and Israel, as well as the Organization of American States, recognized him. Maduro, in turn, blasted the move as a coup staged by Washington and said he was severing diplomatic ties with the US.

In contrast, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference. The United Nations secretary general, in turn, called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.

On February 4, most of the European Union member states recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president.

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