Russian Representative at the United Nations Security Council, devoted to ‘The situation in Venezuela’, January 26, 2019.
President: I give the floor to the representative of the Russian Federation.
Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya: Thank you, Mr. President.
The distinguished representative of Germany devoted a major part of his statement to a personal dialogue with me. I would like to comment on what he said.
The use of preventive diplomacy is indeed excellent. It is obviously better to prevent a crisis than to resolve it. But you (France and Germany) propose a very strange way to prevent this crisis, putting forward an absurd 8-days ultimatum. Some states didn’t even need 8 days to reject the recognition of the legitimate authorities of Venezuela.
You completely disregard the sovereignty of Venezuela, imposing on it the decisions that you prefer and denying its people the right to resolve their own affairs. You’re not calling for the political forces of Venezuela to find a common understanding in the interest of achieving internal peace and stability. You’re calling on the legitimate authority to simply acknowledge their defeat and to transfer power to the opposition. What you’re doing is not prevention, but incitement.
How would you feel if the Russian Federation brought the situation in France and the ‘Yellow Vests’ protests to the Security Council? Just over the past weekend, some 22.000 people took to the streets. Would you consider that as prevention? I want to reassure the representative of France that we do not intend to bring this issue to the UNSC. Unlike you, we’re not trying to recognize or not recognize anyone, although we recognize the legitimate authorities of Venezuela.
We call upon:
a) respecting the legitimate authority;
b) not to interfere into the domestic affairs of the country;
c) not to impose on Venezuela solutions from the outside, but rather to help them resolve their own affairs peacefully.